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Calgary Police Investigating Antisemitic Post on Facebook

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University of Lethbridge Professor Anthony Hall

Police in Calgary have launched an investigation into an antisemitic Facebook post that was exposed by B’nai Brith Canada last Friday.

Facebook initially determined that the post, which was a graphic explicitly calling for the genocide of all Jews, “doesn’t violate its Community Standards” and the global social media giant refused a request by B’nai Brith to remove it. Thanks to an overwhelming response from our supporters to our Friday news release, however, Facebook was pressured into removing the offensive post later that day.

The image, which was posted as a comment on the Facebook wall of University of Lethbridge Professor Anthony Hall, depicted a white man assaulting an Orthodox Jew, accompanied by a lengthy, violent antisemitic screed beside the photograph. It should be noted that Hall, who is well-known for using academic credentials to deny the Holocaust, was not responsible for posting the antisemitic graphic. The Facebook profile responsible was under the name of Glen Davidson. The image was accompanied by this message: “There never was a ‘Holocaust’, but there should have been and, rest assured, there WILL be, as you serpentine kikes richly deserve one.” The image text ended with the entreaty “KILL ALL JEWS NOW! EVERY LAST ONE!”

B’nai Brith will continue to monitor the police investigation and will keep the community updated on its progress.

B’nai Brith has been inundated since our communiqué Friday with literally hundreds of irate reactions and questions about the post on Hall’s Facebook wall.

The most common questions were: “Is this true?” And “Did this really appear on Facebook?”

The answers are: Yes and yes.

Many have asked us how such an offensive post was not spotted and removed by Facebook after being flagged.

“Facebook’s reporting system is notoriously opaque and the mechanisms by which it operates are not clear to the general public,” said Amanda Hohmann, National Director for B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights. “Even though Facebook’s review team may have eventually removed the offending post, the fact that it sent an initial message saying it didn’t violate its community standards unfortunately sends the message that the Jewish community and our safety are not priorities in its flagging or review process.

“There are no explanations on the process from any of Facebook’s help pages. How is it evaluated? How quickly? By what standards? What if a post is challenged? There are no answers to these questions online, and that’s problematic for the world’s largest social media platform.”

Click here for Facebook’s best attempt at explaining its review process for abusive content.

Another question that B’nai Brith was frequently asked over the weekend was: “How can we help?”

Here’s the answer: Please donate to help support our efforts in fighting antisemitism online and in our community. We can only continue our important work with your assistance.

 
Published : Aug 29, 2016

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  • commented 2016-09-17 16:28:44 -0400
    The image and text that appeared on Anthony Hall’s Facebook wall are absolutely appalling. It’s hard to believe that anyone thinks like that. Yet, the fact that such messages even exist help me to realize what kind of a world it is we live in. It makes me wonder whether they should be banned, as otherwise I would be unaware.

    It is important to realize that Professor Hall publicly condemns that image and text. Go to False Flag Weekly, http://noliesradio.org/archives/119976, at minute 36, to see and hear his denunciation.

    When I put on my “fairness” glasses and look at that image I see Tony Hall in the headlock, and the arms locking his head are the image and the text. Does anyone else see that, or are my “fairness” glasses defective?
  • commented 2016-09-16 22:53:18 -0400
    Perhaps Mr. Landau would also like to burn his own witches under the color of what? Holocaustianity as a religion?

    Both the narratives of holocaustianity and the official narratives of 9-11 have ongoing impact on the human journey.

    After thousands of hours of study, I’m convinced both are big lies—and the perpetrators—including those who doggedly continue the cover-up—must be brought to justice.

    The best gateway to learning about the veracity of the “holocaust” narratives is to discover who really committed 9-11 and continue the cover-up. Start with an inquiry into who could rig the Twin Towers and Building 7 for demolition. It wasn’t muslims. Who would benefit from creating a clash of civilizations such as we now suffer?
  • commented 2016-08-30 05:51:30 -0400
    Shouldn’t the University of Lethbridge be considering a revocation of this man’s academic tenure, too?
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