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(JNS.org) An Israeli legal rights NGO’s video claiming that Facebook aides and abets terrorism garnered more than 750,000 views in the three days after it was launched.
The Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center’s video—titled “Who’s behind terror – Rewound!”—opens with a replay of a bombing in New York City, then repeatedly rewinds time to show moments in which Shurat HaDin says Facebook helped incite terrorism. The NGO argues that Facebook enables terror by failing to ban inciting pages and users from the social network.
“Facebook’s announcement this week that it will create a shared database to remove terrorist content is a step in the right direction, but it’s too little, too late. This won’t undo the harm it has already caused to the victims of terrorism, and it’s no substitute for shutting down terrorists’ social media accounts,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, founder of Shurat HaDin, said in a statement.
The Israeli NGO has two lawsuits against Facebook pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. Cohen v. Facebook, filed in 2015 on behalf of 20,000 Israelis amid the wave of Palestinian stabbing terror attacks, seeks an injunction forcing Facebook to actively monitor and block terrorists’ pages. The Force v. Facebook lawsuit, meanwhile, seeks $1 billion in damages for families of five Israeli victims of Hamas terrorism.
As of Friday morning, Shurat HaDin’s video was viewed 762,000 times on the organization’s Facebook page.