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Social media overlooks Islamist hate speech, incitement to murder

Raymond Ibrahim, the Judith Friedman Rosen Fellow at the Middle East Forum, is appalled by the double standards of social media giants like Facebook and YouTube

Despite Facebook’s zeal at censoring ‘hate speech’ and ‘offensive content’, violent, radical, and murderous content from Muslim terror outfits is allowed to appear on — and make use of — the social media giant’s platform. Facebook has allowed “scores of groups” that were supportive of either Isis or the Taliban to operate freely.

This matter is significantly worse when one looks at Facebook in Arabic and other languages that are commonly spoken by Muslims. In the last few years, Raymond Ibrahim, the Judith Friedman Rosen Fellow at the Middle East Forum, says, “I have seen endless Arabic-language content on Facebook and other social media giants that amounts to nothing less than terroristic incitement. Usually, these posts remain on the social media platforms for years—until, of course, I or others draw attention to them in English-language articles, at which point they are conveniently removed.”

In other words, Ibrahim says, “as long as only Muslims see — and are radicalised by — these posts full of hatred and incitement for violence against non-Muslims, social media leave them up. Once Western ‘infidels’ get wind of these posts, which further stand to make Islam look bad, social media platforms take them down.”

The Judith Friedman Rosen Fellow at the Middle East Forum says, “Indeed, only recently I translated an immensely profane and hate-filled Arabic tirade from a New York-based Muslim man against two Christian men from Egypt — a rant that culminates with him loudly threatening decapitation to anyone who ‘hurts the reputation of Muhammad.'”

The video, which currently has nearly 100,000 views, is, apparently because it’s only in Arabic, (currently) still up on YouTube, Ibrahim says. Meanwhile, social media, especially Facebook, are notoriously prompt to censor content that exposes the jihadis. This it calls “hate speech”, he says.

He reminds through an article published in the website Middle East Forum that Facebook had earlier banned — and continues shadow banning — him for posts that report on Muslims persecuting Christians, which Facebook characterised as “going against our Community Standards”.

Similarly, YouTube earlier censored Ibrahim’s Prager U video on that exact topic; “it also once temporarily banned me for uploading and sharing a video of Islamic State members destroying crosses and desecrating churches in Syria and Iraq — even though that video was not ‘graphic’ (it depicted buildings and crosses, inanimate objects) and had for weeks been going viral on Arabic media”.

Incidentally and rather ironically, Ibrahim says, while “competing Sunni and Shia militia reportedly trolled each other by posting pornographic images” on social media — and, according to the new report, got away with it — for some Los Angeles networks, it’s my site, which is devoted to the Islamic question, that is banned as “pornography”.

Such is the true extent of the problem posed by the social media giants: not only do they, as many already know, censor those who expose Islamic hate and violence; they also allow Islamic hate and violence to proliferate and radicalise Muslims, Ibrahim concludes.

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