Is Facebook okay with death threats from Islamists? That's the question administrators of "Islam Exposed" asked earlier this week. After administrators received a number of threatening messages, Facebook pulled the page, citing "harassment," but restored the page on Tuesday, telling Examiner.com it "was removed in error."
Administrators were extremely grateful to see the page restored, but questions regarding the threats remained. Would Facebook take action against those issuing the threats? The social media site did not say, but the group did not wait and filed complaints with the FBI.
"A single bullet will strike ur (sic) head one day [admin] from a jihadist. Insha-Allah," one threat read. Another Facebook user with a Muslim name threatened to cut off administrators' heads if they continued to post articles in a rant too profane to quote here. Yet another person threatened to blackmail one of the administrators.
"I am giving u (sic) warning," said another person. "Stop this page."
According to the group, one administrator received several threatening phone calls, with some including a Muslim prayer in Arabic. He reported it to the police, they said, but nothing was done. Just this week, they added, he received two threatening calls.
Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, said she has been harassed on Facebook by an individual she identified as Iranian Mohamed Erdem.
"Back off you satanist scum of the earth! You want war, war with me!" he told Kutnicki on Facebook. The threats she received from Erdem was so alarming, she added, that "heavy duty counter terror contacts decided to 'check things out.'"
The face of another administrator was photo-shopped into a Nazi uniform and added to a Facebook post intended to incite harassment. Another picture depicted Kutnicki superimposed on a nuclear mushroom cloud with a warning that Israel would be destroyed and wiped off the map.
All of these incidents have been reported to Facebook, they said, but the social media giant has so far done nothing. Instead of punishing those actually making the threats, Facebook responded by retaliating against the victims. Unfortunately, this is not all that uncommon.
Last August, for example, we reported that a conservative female said she was targeted with explicit threats of death and rape from users with Muslim-sounding names, but Facebook dismissed them. According to that user, Facebook responded with a private email saying they could not confirm the threats violated their community standards. One threat reported to Facebook was quite specific: "We will kill you."
At the time, Facebook told The Blaze it not only supports freedom of speech but enforces its standards uniformly across the board.
“We review every piece of content that is reported to us or flagged in the system and each one is held to the same exact standard – as is every person who uses our service and we will enforce our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities equally," a Facebook spokesperson said.
But the administrators we spoke to -- along with many hundreds of others who have reached out to Examiner over the last two years -- dispute that. For Kutnicki and others, the issue is Facebook's willingness to turn a blind eye to those who attack Jews and Israel while hammering anyone who even mentions Islam in a post.