Reporting Facebook Pages: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

It’s a case of been there, done that, with a lot of us trying and failing to get Facebook to take down an antisemitic page. If you’ve reported a page filled with antisemitic memes and posts, you already know the drill. You fill out a report, and then a few hours or a day or so later, Facebook sends you a message telling you that said hate page doesn’t “violate our community standards.”

This, of course, leads you to the idea that Facebook has no standards, or at least, none where Jew-hate is concerned. And of course, one can also assume that the big legal guns who penned those community standards, wrote them in such a way that no antisemitic page would ever find itself in violation of said standards.

The converse to this, is that no anti-Muslim meme or comment or post is ever not found in violation of these same community standards, because that would just not be politically correct.

Now, yesterday I became aware–thanks to The Mike Report–of a horrid antisemite who is running for governor of Washington State. The guy’s name is David Blomstrom. Here is his photo:

BDS supporting gubernatorial candidate David Blomstrom, Photo Credit: KPQ News

BDS-supporting gubernatorial candidate David Blomstrom (photo credit: KPQ News)

And here is a sample of the kind of memes he posts on his Facebook page, Fighting Antisemitism with Jewarchy and at his website:

antijew450-1I shared The Mike Report piece and Jo-Anne Rondell (always makes me think of Joan Blondell) informed me she was urging her friends to report Blomstrom’s Facebook page. I am always happy to work to remove an ugly hate page like this, and so I made out my own report.

Naturally, Facebook responded that the page doesn’t violate its community standards.

Jewarchy First Report

I went to my support inbox, and at the bottom of the message was a request for feedback (How’d we do) with emoticons. I picked the angry one and I let loose. I told Facebook exactly what I thought about their selective community standards that take no issue with outright Jew-hating memes and posts.

I told Jo-Anne and urged her to continue to rally her friends to report the page. I know from the past that if enough people yell at Facebook, they take heed.

And that is exactly what happened.

Today, I received this:
JewarchySo isn’t that interesting?

Yesterday, NOPE. Doesn’t violate Facebook’s Community Standards. Today? YUP. It DOES violate Facebook’s Community Standards.

Now clearly, between yesterday and today, these standards were not changed. So what DID change? The nature of the complaints and the number of complaints.

It’s called PUSHBACK. It’s called: It takes a VILLAGE.

I didn’t just accept their refusal to deal with hate pages and posts. I pushed back and told them it wasn’t acceptable.

And then they learned it wasn’t just one individual, ME, complaining to them, but a whole bunch of people who were on to their slimy tactics that allow Jew-hate and disallow the merest peep against Muslims or any other group.

So there you have it. Next time you see an ugly, hate-filled page, REPORT it, and then get your friends to do it. And if Facebook tells you it doesn’t violate its nonexistent Community Standards, PUSH BACK and tell them it’s unacceptable. And then get more friends to report the page. And then more still.

This is the way it is, people. We’re stuck in the trenches, in a nasty war. And we have got to win.


Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.

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