Freedom of speech on Facebook for some but not for others.

One of the many Facebook pages I follow is called, Aussie Infidels Against Islam.Today the admin posted a message that said…

My main page has been shut down for 30 days due to this reply i posted in regard to a comment saying Islam had nothing to do with the Paris attacks. Can any one tell me what it is about the comment that is so offensive? I really am beginning to see that we have truly lost all our freedom to express ourselves and freedom of speech has flown out the door.



It is interesting that facebook thinks that religion has nothing to do with terrorism. Perhaps Susan Devoy is moonlighting for their censorship divison, since she has expressed exactly those sentiments herself as New Zealand’s Race Relations Commissioner. If it is now offensive to point out how Muhammad acted as stated by Islam’s own holy book, then freedom of speech is truly dead, and facebook is now farcebook.



As I was wondering what specific community standards the comment had breached I went looking for a clear explanation on Facebook. I didn’t find one. They kept talking about these mythical standards but no where could I find a clear cut list.

For example one of their ‘community standards’ is regarding Hate Speech. I would expect a clear explanation of what Hate Speech is and for an example to be given of what is and what isn’t hate speech. Instead they appear to say that any criticism of the following, is not allowed and considered Hate Speech.What exactly does directly attacking someone’s religious affiliation mean?

Hate Speech

Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their:

  • Race,
  • Ethnicity,
  • National origin,
  • Religious affiliation,
  • Sexual orientation,
  • Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
  • Serious disabilities or diseases.

Organizations and people dedicated to promoting hatred against these protected groups are not allowed a presence on Facebook. As with all of our standards, we rely on our community to report this content to us.

-facebook Community Standards

Which of these then, do you think is Hate Speech according to the above guidelines?

  1. Exactly what race is Islam you fool?
  2. If you want to say that the terror attacks have nothing to do with Islam you’re going to have to say that the Islamic Prophet Muhammad has nothing to do with Islam, because he demonstrated the violence and slaughter that Allah commanded so that no Muslim would misunderstand the Quran as peaceful.

In complete contrast an entire Facebook page dedicated to Anti -semitism has been allowed to remain as facebook claim that it does not breach any of their community standards.

An anti-Semitic Facebook page called Jewish Ritual Murder is still up and growing one year after Facebook drew intense criticism for claiming the page did not violate its community standards.

The page was originally flagged by CAMERA”s media analyst Dexter Van Zile, in February 2014. It depicts an assortment of conspiracy theories about Jews, including accusations that Jews use the blood of Christians for their religious rituals.

At the time, Van Zile lambasted Facebook for refusing to remove the page. However, he also expressed a small measure of optimism that the social media giant would come to its senses in a matter of time.

“Will the page eventually be removed? Probably. But why doesn’t Facebook delete this stuff when first apprised of its presence on their website?” Van Zile wrote last February. “Why should it take any more than one complaint for Facebook to do the right thing?”

As pressure increased, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement calling on Facebook to remove the page. In August, Facebook informed those who complained that the page had been removed.

Within 24 hours, however, the page was up again, and Facebook announced that “We revised our decision,” and “found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.

It seems that any criticism no matter how muted of Islam, is censored on facebook but blatant lies and a whole Hate page directed at Jews is fine. Why is that do you think?

‘To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise.’

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