Last week, Facebook found itself at the center of a firestorm over a page set up calling for a third Palestinian intifada. The page was 'liked' by more than 350,000 users and condemned by the Israeli government and the Anti-Defamation league. Ultimately Facebook pulled it down because it said administrators and members were participating in ""direct calls for violence" in violation of its policies.
But that's not enough for crazy conspiracy theorist Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch and frequent contributor to wackadoodle news site World Net Daily. He just sued Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for $1 billion because he felt threatened by the page. The best part of the filing is when he cites the largely-fictionalized Social Network as evidence of Zuckerberg's evil ways: "Apparently, the ethically compromised Zuckerberg has no conscience or sense of right or wrong, as depicted recently in the award winning film 'Social Network.'" [INSERT SOCIAL NETWORK JOKE ABOUT "A MILLION DOLLARS ISN'T COOL..."]
Klayman will not win this lawsuit, of course. But the episode does highlight the extent to which Facebook is becoming a battleground for geopolitical struggles, and not just bored college kids wasting money on Farmville. If the page was indeed calling for violence then Facebook handled this situation correctly. The same can't be said for the many of these types of cases. [Techcrunch]