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January 06, 2014

Updated: (Image Removed) -- Facebook Tolerates Pro-Nazi Incitement

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Update: The image has been removed. See more below.

It's OK to encourage the murder of civilians on Facebook. It is not a violation of the company's community standards or its terms of service. Don't believe it? Take a look at the photo above which appears on the page of a Facebook user writing in Bulgarian. The photo is taken from a massacre of Polish civilians outside the city of Bochnia during World War II. Underneath the photo is the Nike "swoosh" and the tradmark phrase, "Just Do It." The photo can be seen here.

A complaint was filed with Facebook and received the following response, which can be seen below the jump.

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"We reviewed the photo you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards."

Facebook's community standards includes the following passage:

Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.

It also states that "graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site."

And Facebook's community standards also require users to "respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights."

So why is this photo still acceptable?

UPDATE 2:19 p.m. - The image has been removed from the user's facebook page. Readers who click on the link should find the following image on their screens:

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Posted by dvz at January 6, 2014 10:54 AM


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