Facebook’s anti-conservative bias takes many forms. Polls show that the more conservative a person’s politics are, the more pro-Israel they tend to be. The opposite is also true. The more liberal and progressive one is the more they tend to be anti-Israel (like Obama and Hillary). In 2015, a non-profit organization ran a “sting”operation using Facebook member pages to see if the rumors about the site taking the liberal/anti-Israel stance was true (indeed they were very true).
Israeli non-profit organization Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) is leading a class-action lawsuit against Facebook because it contends that Facebook supports terrorism by refusing to remove anti-Israel hate sites per its community standards. Over 20,000 people have joined the suit. To prove its point, The Israel Law Center conducted a sting operation on Facebook to prove that the social media site makes extremely biased decisions regarding the hate material it allows and the hate material it removes.
As the video explains, at the end of December 2015, Israel Law Center opened two separate hate sites on Facebook, one anti-Jewish and the other anti-Palestinian. Each post on the two pages was put up at the same time on the same day. The hate posts were similar in sentiment and language; the only difference was the target.
After a few posts, they increased the hatred and antagonism of the posts using phrases such as “blood and fire to demolish the zionist invaders” on one and “soldiers in the Israeli army knows there is a need to destroy the Arab enemy.” After a few days, the posts on the anti-Jewish site called for death to Jews and, on the anti-Palestinian page, the death of Arabs.
The hate posts continued to worsen until, finally, they simultaneously reported each site as hate pages to Facebook.
On the very same day as the complaints were lodged, Facebook closed the anti-Palestinian page emailing back to the “person” who complained:
“We reviewed the page you reported for containing credible threat of violence and found it violates our Community Standards.”
The page inciting violence against Jews, which used the same hate terms as the anti-Palestinian one, was not closed by Facebook. This complained received a message stating that site calling for the death of Jews was not in violation of their rules.
Only after the Israel Law Center published the video did Facebook change its mind. “As you may have noticed, we have now taken down both those pages as we made a mistake earlier,” a Facebook spokesperson explained in an email to the Law Center.
Sure, just like most liberal organizations, when Facebook gets exposed they try to clean themselves. Or to paraphrase a line uttered by Big Daddy in the classic play, Cat on a Hat Tin Roof:
“Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this email from Facebook?… There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity… You can smell it. It smells like death.”