Facebook incites Anti-Semitism by refusing to remove offensive content

Facebook is under fire for instigating anti-Semitism after refusing to remove a picture of human remains on a shovel captioned ‘How to pick up Jewish chicks’.

The social media giant claimed the image did not breach its standards, but the Facebook community erupted in anger over its handling of posts reported as offensive.

It comes just days after Facebook decided not to censor a symbolic Vietnam War image of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing, The Age reported.

The shovel meme was posted to a page attributed to a Queensland man and was shared over 2200 times, liked over 20,000 times and received more than 37,000 comments.

But Facebook said: ‘We reviewed the post you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn’t violate our community standards.’

Facebook’s community standards policy allows humour, satire or social commentary related topics of race, ethnicity, national origin and religious affiliation but ‘removes hate speech’ that attacks people based on these grounds.

But Facebook users slammed the company for its inconsistent handling of the case, after it claimed it had removed the post yet the comment thread remained days later.

It was eventually removed, but users who had reported the image said it was left up for days.


Dvir Abramovich, chairman of the national Jewish human rights body, the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission criticised the company’s actions.

‘The vile comments that followed clearly violates its community standards,’ he told Fairfax Media.

‘By allowing such posts to stay for far too long, Facebook is enabling the flourishing of a vicious and bone-chilling Jewish hatred that is a cause for concern.’