Facebook. The powerful social media platform managed to factor prominently into every one of the stories I wanted to cover today, so let’s get right to tearing into Mark Zuckerberg’s empire…
There seems to be some Facebook/YouTube challenge going around involving one of the dumbest forms of pyromania I’ve ever heard of. It’s called a “Fire Challenge” and involves coating your skin in some kind of highly flammable liquid and then lighting yourself on fire.
The aim isn’t to kill yourself. It’s not to start any kind of protest or bring attention to any kind of cause. Nope, this motivation is even dumber… It’s to burn off your hair.
I really, really wish I was kidding.
After watching a bunch of these videos, some idiot 15-year-old in Kentucky decided to try it himself, rubbing alcohol on his chest and then… you guessed it… setting himself on fire. Fortunately for him, he only ended up with second-degree burns instead of anything worse.
Speaking of worse, Facebook takes requests for the removal of offensive pages. So when a “Death to zionst baby killer Israeli jews” went up, people filed the necessary complaints.
Here’s the message they received in response:
“We reviewed your report of Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews. Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the Page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards.”
Someone clearly needs to educate Facebook on the definition of “hate speech.” I would say any kind of speech that encourages people around the world – the U.S. and Europe included – to riot and assault others should at least be seriously considered to be hateful.
My main question is why. Why so many objections to one of the only civilized Middle Eastern countries defending itself? Why vilify Israel when its Muslims neighbors are acting so horribly?
Like Pakistan, where a mob of mainstream Muslims rioted over a Facebook post made by a non-mainstream Muslim. The rioters set houses on fire, killing a grandmother and her seven-year-old and infant granddaughters, and injuring others… while the police stood there and watched.
Maybe we should start a “Pipe Down Already, You Murderous Muslim Extremists” Facebook page. But Zuckerberg would probably find that offensive and take it down… unless perhaps we added some dangerously stupid fire stunts and maybe some really bad grammar.