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Facebook 'Deserves Credit' for Removing Hungarian Hate Speech

Anti-Defamation League today praises Facebook for removing the page the leading Hungarian purveyor of anti-Semitic hate speech.
By Rina Tzvi
First Publish: 7/21/2013, 2:51 PM

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The Anti-Defamation League today praised Facebook for removing the page of Kuruc.info, the leading Hungarian purveyor of anti-Semitic and anti-Roma hate speech.

The League assisted the Action and Protection Foundation, which monitors and combats anti-Semitism in Hungary, to submit a detailed complaint to Facebook.

“Through its Facebook page, Kuruc.info was conveying threats against Jews and Roma, inciting to violence, spreading vile anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, all of which are crimes in Hungary,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and co-author of Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet. “Even the Prime Minister of Hungary complained to the U.S. Government and Congress about Kuruc.info’s U.S.-hosted website.”

In July 2012, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote about Kuruc.info to U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, indicating that the “focal point of Hungarian anti-Semitism is a news portal, which, to avoid the measures of the Hungarian government, fled to the United States and has been conducting disgraceful activities from there.  If this problem were to be resolved, then the Hungarian forces of anti-Semitism would be severely weakened.”

ADL welcomed Facebook’s efforts to seek new methods to combat hate speech through its participation in dialogue with many organizations and meetings of the Internet Hate Task Force of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition Combating Anti-Semitism, which the organization co-chairs.

“Facebook deserves credit for taking the time and effort to evaluate Kuruc.info’s activity on their platform and for making the right decision which is consistent with their policies,” Foxman said.  “We will continue to develop best practices for responding to Internet hate.”