Techcrunch: Michael Arrington Joins Brian Cuban in the Facebook v. Holocaust Denial Fray

Within the discussion of a provocative post at Techcrunch you will find questions about whether Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Arrington are Jews.

Yes, Mark Zuckerberg is a Jew. Zuckerberg was raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York, by his Jewish parents, Edward and Karen Zuckerberg. His father Edward is a dentist in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and his mother is a physician.

Michael Arrington won't say if he is a Jew. Nothing definitive one way or the other in his mini-bio from Wikipedia: "Arrington grew up in California, USA and Surrey, England and graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a major in economics. He went on to Stanford Law School and graduated in 1995."

Here is how Arrington gets into the fray over at Techcrunch:
Jew Haters Welcome At Facebook, As Long As They Aren’t Lactating
by Michael Arrington on May 10, 2009

Way more countries have laws against holocaust denial (11 or so) than breast feeding (0), but guess which one is banned on Facebook? That’s right. Pictures of breast feeding babies are indecent, so they’re a no go.

But Holocaust denial is totally cool because it fosters open discussion. Facebook wants to “be a place where people can discuss all kinds of ideas, including controversial ones.” Even, apparently, the discussion of the idea that someone might be a “Nigger faggot, Jew nosed cunt.” That’s just one of many hateful messages I found written on a Holocaust denial site on Facebook.

Brian Cuban is making the removal of these sites a personal mission. He’s arguing the law. He’s arguing terms of service. He’s arguing common sense and decency. These groups are clearly little more than excuses to spew hatred towards Jews, and Facebook is too timid to do anything about it. The first amendment doesn’t apply to private companies. So why is Facebook so willing to take a stand when it comes to hungry babies, but won’t do a damn thing when it comes to the Holocaust.

Because they’re cowards. ...more...

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