ADOTAS — I don’t know whether I should admire the rising social network’s present decision for its audacity or shake my head at its marketing blunders.
Of all the things to stand by. Facebook apparently decided to take down the pages of some Holocaust denial groups but not others. Critics have skewered Facebook, asking why it allows groups that promote hatred of religious and ethnics groups and the hate speech those groups espouse. At Techcrunch, where Michael Arrington is going a bit crazy, a Facebook spokesman said that “Denying the holocaust is not a violation of our terms.”
Let’s leave aside the First Amendment issues, as I said before I believe in allowing sunlight in and meeting the idiocy straight on. But despite Product Manager Ezra Callahan’ contention that the company doesn’t want to become the “thought police,” Facebook has every right to censor pages. If people don’t like the rules, they can move elsewhere. There is a lot of web out there. If groups want to spew their nonsense, they have and should have the opportunity.
Because let’s be honest, Facebook is not a marketplace of ideas, it’s a marketing platform. It wants friends, family and brands hanging out so it can make money off them. They can’t make money from people who spew hate and will only attract negative publicity.
I actually understood when Facebook deleted breast-feeding photos last year, saying it violated terms of service, though I disagreed. But this is just marketing stupidity at best, hubris at worst.
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