2 april 2011

Facebook sued for 1 billion dollar

AFP - Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg have been hit with a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion in damages over a page on the social network which called for a "Third Intifada" against Israel.
Facebook this week shut down the "Third Intifada" page, which had almost 500,000 fans, but the lawsuit filed in a court here claims that the social network showed "negligence" by not quickly responding to appeals to remove the page.

Besides awarding damages, the complaint calls on the court to bar Facebook "from allowing the Facebook page titled 'Third Palestinian Intifada,' and other related and similar sites, which advocate violence and death to Jews."

The suit, a copy of which was obtained by technology blog TechCrunch, was filed in DC Superior Court by Larry Klayman, who describes himself in the complaint as "an American citizen of Jewish origin" who is "active in matters concerning the security of Israel and all people."

Klayman also identifies himself as the founder of Freedom Watch, whose website describes it as a political advocacy group dedicated to protecting privacy, free speech and other rights and "our national sovereignty against the incompetent, terrorist state-controlled United Nations."

Facebook dismissed the case as "without merit" and said it would fight.
"While we haven't been served with a complaint, we believe the case is without merit and we will fight it vigorously," a Facebook spokesman said.

Facebook shut down the page on Tuesday, several days after Israeli Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein sent a letter to Zuckerberg urging him to remove it.
Facebook said the page was initially tolerated because it "began as a call for peaceful protest" but direct calls for violence began appearing and the page was removed for violating Facebook's policies.

 http://www.france24.com/en/20110402-facebook-sued-1-billion-over-intifada-page Source

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14 kommentarer:

  1. I still don't understand how Facebook is responsible for the content put up on their pages unless it's specifically illigal. When they did start spouting hatespeec and calling for violent actions, it was removed.

  2. its always about money, Face book is worth Billions of dollars and so they want a piece of it. Really 1 BILLION DOLLARS for not canceling the page in time, it would be like paying 2 million dollars for not paying your phone bill on time ridiculous

  3. This is crazy, but I don't think it will stand up, and does Isreal not realize Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish?

  4. He seems like a dick to me, I hope they win. Winning!

  5. Honestly I don't think fb should get in any kind of trouble for that. It's funny because I think there are a ton of things fb does wrong, but this just sounds like people trying to make some money.

  6. If anything the group broke the TOS agreement if it states not posting hateful remarks is a part of facebook guidelines. Otherwise they will most likely be protected under the 1st amendment since FB is based in the USA.

    ~H. Coct

  7. Wow a billion dollars...thats insane!

  8. Wow some people will just sue for just about anything these days.

  9. Well damn, Facebook got itself into some shit.

  10. Good luck facebook. :P Following.

  11. Bah, facebook will be fine, they're just trying to get some money and they will fail. I don't see how facebook can be blamed for something like this, yet alone sued that much money.