Facebook follows Apple by shutting down Hezbollah pages

Click photo to download. Caption: Facebook's logo. Credit: Facebook.(JNS.org) Facebook is shutting down pages created by Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station because the group appears on the State Department’s list of terror organizations.

“Under our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities we do not allow content that incites violence,” said Frederic Wolens, a Facebook spokesperson, according to Israel National News. “And to help keep our site safe, we use the State Department List of Foreign Terror Organizations to help make determinations of which groups may be involved in the promotion of violence. Due to [Hezbollah’s] appearance on the list, they have been removed from the site.”

Recently, Apple Inc. also removed an application from Hezbollah in the iTunes store that directed users to different videos, including speeches by Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.

“As the media arm of the terrorist group Hezbollah, Al-Manar is a source for anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda and messages of hate and violence,” said a statement from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “We commend Apple for removing the app from the iTunes store and appreciate their vigilance in ensuring that terrorist-affiliated organizations will not have access to Apple’s customers.”

Posted on August 17, 2012 .