'Facebook sued for negligence over '3rd Intifada' page'

Report: Larry Klayman sues Facebook for doing too little too late to remove page inciting violence towards Jews and Israel.

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April 2, 2011 05:32
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Less than a week after Facebook removed a “cause” page calling for a “Third Intifada,” the social networking website and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg were hit with a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion in damages, AFP reported Saturday.

Facebook removed the page after the site’s monitors said administrators of the page were found to be participating in calls for violence.

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The Anti-Defamation League, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, the Zionist Organization of America, and thousands of site users had requested both personally and online through Facebook that site administrators take down what was described as a violence-inciting, anti-Semitic page.

The suit, details of which AFP acquired from technology blog “TechCrunch,” was filed in the Washington Superior Court by Larry Klayman, a self-described “American citizen of Jewish origin” who is “active with matters concerning the security of Israel and all people.” Klayman claimed that Facebook showed “negligence” by not quickly responding to the calls to shut down the “Third Intifada” page.

Klayman also called on Facebook to comb its site for all pages under the title “Third Intifada” or any other pages that incited violence toward Jews and remove them.

Facebook has said it would fight the case, dismissing it as being “without merit,” AFP cited a website spokesperson as saying. According to the social networking website, the page was initially tolerated because it had begun by calling for a “peaceful protest,” but breached the acceptable lines when posters and eventually the site administrator made posts violating Facebook’s policies.

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