The social media giant Facebook wants its users to know that it has standards, which is why it removed hunting photos posted by Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old hunter who is also a cheerleader for Texas Tech. But Facebook says a page advocating the murder of Jones does not violate those standards, Twitchy reported Wednesday.
Juneau Empire reporter Matt Woolbright spotted the page and reported it for “harassment” and a “credible threat of violence.” But Facebook told Woolbright the page, named "Kill Kendall Jones," does not violate their standards.
Moreover, Twitchy said, the page features the very same photos Facebook said violates their standards. It also features a photo of a lion standing triumphantly over a dead Jones.
The page was started on July 2 and as of this writing, has 533 "likes." Jones' page, however, has over 531,000 likes.
This isn't the first time Facebook has approved of pages calling for murder. As we reported during the 2012 election, Facebook gave a thumbs-up to a page advocating the murder of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The page lasted for just under a month before it was yanked.
Facebook has also said a page calling for the death of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy does not violate their standards. The social media site also said pages advocating the murder of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, do not violate their rules. Some of those pages, however, were eventually removed.
Meanwhile, Facebook has banned conservatives for simply saying "thank you." Pages like "Islam Exposed" have also been yanked on false charges of nudity and pornography, and the site has refused to respond to actual death threats against some users.
"Why has no one yet developed a better alternative to FB?" one person asked in response to Woolbright's original tweet. There have been a number of Facebook-like alternatives spring up in the last two years. Tea Party Community, for example, is one of the largest alternative sites with over 143,000 users. Facebook, however, remains the largest social media site on the planet with well over 1.1 billion users.