Facebook Sued For $1 Billion Over Intifada Page
Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have been served with yet another lawsuit. This one is seeking over a $1 Billion in damages for a page that was setup on the social network. The “Third Intifada” page, which was against Israel, received almost 400,000 fans before it was take down.
The lawsuit was filed in Washington by Larry Klayman, a renowned American activist and former Justice Department prosecutor, and claims that Facebook had a role in furthering the radical Palestinian page which threatened the Jews with death. The complaint (embedded below) alleges willful assault and gross negligence on the part of Facebook and Zuckerberg and seeks compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $1 Billion Dollars.
Mr Klayman summarizes that the initial refusal to take the page down was done deliberately so Facebook could profit from the turmoil in the Middle East. He explained that the site viewership drove traffic and in turned increased the site’s net worth.
The Third Intifada page urged Palestinians to take to the streets and commence an uprising amongst other things.
Facebook has declined to comment on the lawsuit, but issued the statement below with regards to the controversial page:
The Page, The Third Palestinian Intifada, began as a call for peaceful protest, even though it used a term that has been associated with violence in the past. In addition, the administrators initially removed comments that promoted violence. However, after the publicity of the Page, more comments deteriorated to direct calls for violence. Eventually, the administrators also participated in these calls. After administrators of the page received repeated warnings about posts that violated our policies, we removed the Page.
We continue to believe that people on Facebook should be able to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content that speaks out against countries, religions, political entities, or ideas.
However, we monitor Pages that are reported to us and when they degrade to direct calls for violence or expressions of hate–as occurred in this case–we have and will continue to take them down.