• Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued For $1 Billion After Not Removing A Page Fast Enough

    I took my sweet time to check if this was an April Fools joke to be put on our exhaustive 2011 list, but it appears to be as real as can be.
    Larry Klayman, a renowned American activist, former Justice Department prosecutor, former U.S. Senate candidate and book author,says he has sued both Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg forover $1 billion after the social networking giant failed to remove a page calling for a third intifada against Israel’s Jewish population swiftly enough.

    The suit was filed yesterday in Washington by Klayman, himself of Jewish origin. The complaint is embedded below.
    Klayman, who founded controversial law firm Judicial Watch as well as political advocacy group Freedom Watch, alleges that Zuckerberg and Facebook willfully kept a page calling for a third Palestinian intifada against Jews online to “further their revenues and the net worth” of the company. The page, which was removed on March 29 because, according to Facebook, it indeed made “direct calls for violence” in violation of its policies.

    On the page, Palestinians were urged to take to the streets after Friday prayers on May 15, 2011, and commence an uprising in the vein of the first two popular intifadas. “Judgment Day will be brought upon us only once the Muslims have killed all of the Jews,” read the call. The page reportedly garnered more than 340,000 fans.

    The removal of the page, which according to Klayman was “begrudgingly” ordered after increased pressure was exerted by himself, the Israeli government and organizations like theAnti-Defamation League, did not stop him from filing suit against the company.
    The activist argues that damage has already been done, and that he fears for his life since he’s been “called a Zionist publicly by radical Palestinians and other such Arabic interests” and is “thus a target of this call to kill Jews” along with other prominent public figures.
    The complaint alleges assault and negligence, gross negligence and recklessness on Facebook’s part. It reserves the right to be amended into a class action suit and prays for damages in excess of $1 billion, plus an award of attorneys fees and costs.
    Amusingly, Klayman bases part of his allegations on the fictional movie ‘The Social Network’:
    “While Facebook has accomplished a lot of good, it can, as in this instance, be used for nefarious and evil purposes. Defendants Zuckerberg’s and Facebook’s callous and greedy actions in not taking down the page, but willfully allowing it to stay up for many days, has caused huge damage, for which they must be held accountable, so as to prevent this from ever happening again.
    They must be not only enjoined but also hit in their purse, which is where they understand matters best. Apparently, the ethically compromised Zuckerberg has no conscience or sense of right or wrong, as depicted recently in the award winning film “Social Network.”
    On the off chance that you still think this is a joke (and I’m honestly still a little in doubt myself), know that Klayman isn’t one to kid around when it comes to litigation.

    As the founder and former Chairman of Judicial Watch, he attained notoriety through the initiation of 18 civil lawsuits against the Clinton Administration, and subsequently, an unsuccessful lawsuit against Vice-President Dick Cheney in order to obtain information about the White House’s energy task force.
    Klayman’s targets have also included OPEC and Osama bin Laden. Most of his high profile lawsuits have been dismal failures, though.
    Klayman also authored a book titled ‘WHORES: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment’ and regularly writes columns for conservative news site WorldNewsDaily.

    Slate in a column titled Nut Watch once dubbed Klayman a “one-man litigation explosion” after word got out that, aside from suing the likes of Hillary Clinton, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, the Ground Zero Mosque and the Federal Reserve and the Department of the Treasury, he once even filed a lawsuit against his own mother.

    Request for comments were not immediately returned by either Facebook or mr. Klayman.

    Update: Facebook declined to comment on the lawsuit as it hasn’t been served yet, but issued this statement with regards to the controversial page:
    “The Page, The Third Palestinian Intifada, began as a call for peaceful protest, even though it used a term that has been associated with violence in the past. In addition, the administrators initially removed comments that promoted violence. However, after the publicity of the Page, more comments deteriorated to direct calls for violence. Eventually, the administrators also participated in these calls. After administrators of the page received repeated warnings about posts that violated our policies, we removed the Page.
    We continue to believe that people on Facebook should be able to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content that speaks out against countries, religions, political entities, or ideas.
    However, we monitor Pages that are reported to us and when they degrade to direct calls for violence or expressions of hate–as occurred in this case–we have and will continue to take them down.”
    Source: TechCrunch
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. TONiC's Avatar
      TONiC -
      Damned Juice.
    1. mikilodeoz's Avatar
      mikilodeoz -
      start a blog ?

    1. darkstate01's Avatar
      darkstate01 -
      Book believers are killing people and inciting violence all over the place.
      Some pastor in America burns a bunch of fairytale books and the U.N gets a bunch of people killed because of it.
      Now those same book believers are on the war path again because of a damn website.
      Whats this beautiful world coming too?
      Dog is great
    1. lechium's Avatar
      lechium -
      what a fucking whiny retard, i dont see anyone kicking up a fit about the slow motion holocaust of the palestinians undertaken by apartheid racist israel or by their terrorist organizations like the ADL and AIPAC in the US.
    1. darkstate01's Avatar
      darkstate01 -
      All's I see Is silly fairytale books being taken too seriously.
      You have all these grown adults around the world believing that there's some device that lives in the sky and gives you a gift when you die,
      The words BULL and SHIT come to mind.
      Ask yourself If you have seen/heard this god device? ask your parents if they have seen it?or If you are lucky enough,ask your grandparents,the answer will be no.
      I agree that poorly educated humans in 3rd world country's are only given this choice from birth this way to think,but man,first world countries, we need to teach that these are books and not real living things.
      The flaw is that humans wrote these damn books,not some god device, It can build a planet,make all that lives on it,but can't write conveniently.
      Way to many humans are dying because of this nonsense.
      Stop the hating and start some real world bridge building Instead of this middle eastern tribal "my books better than yours" nonsense.
      The only way I can see the middle east ever truly becoming a quiet content place to live,is by there leaders telling there people its just a book.
    1. darkmawl's Avatar
      darkmawl -
      darkstate01, there are actually plenty of people who have had a divine experience, just like there have been people who have seen aliens. We just tend not to believe them.

      Also the book is just a excuse to go to war never really the reason. People use to it feel better about themselves and motivate others to take someone else there lands. If we all suddenly did not believe in god, would you really believe all those wars about religion where suddenly over? Nah we would find other reason to kill each other and take each others resources.

      God has created us in his image. Just like his dearest Angels rebelled against him and are fighting an endless war between heaven and hell, we fight as well amongst each other. God does not make mistakes though.....his creations just tend to like to fight!
    1. darkstate01's Avatar
      darkstate01 -
      The first 2 paragraphs of your comment I agree whole heartedly.
      Human nature and history have proved that over many thousands of years,Its just the whole my gang is bigger than yours mentality,then we want your gold/oil etc.
      And we can't honestly say If those poor uneducated 3rd world humans decided to not to believe in this god device because its not happened yet,hopefully in my lifetime it will,but doubtful.
      you say in the 3rd paragraph, this god device is a he? it has gender? why?
      And you say god doesn't make mistakes,lets think about that for a second.....
      There's many mistakes on this planet and war and greed are just a couple.
      Just listen to the words of any of this planets leaders, they always finish with the words,god bless "this country" or this god is great.
      In the real world this god device was made purely to control the masses, most humans back in the days when you died from tooth problems didn't give a shit what there leaders said or did,but stick something like a god in there mind and it was watching there every move,and they did exactly what there leaders asked of them.
      There's a new film out called miral,its all about this intifada if anyone is interested.
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Quote Originally Posted by darkmawl View Post
      there are actually plenty of people who have had a divine experience, just like there have been people who have seen aliens. We just tend not to believe them
      I know 3 people that jumped so high into the air that they intercepted the path of a passenger jet. They crashed through the front and rolled into the cabin and survived. The opening in the plane forced everyone to put on their oxygen masks as the jet made an emergency landing. The 3 unexpected passengers were forced to take a seat in first class as coach was full. They had to pay for the first class rates though. It's a true story, I heard it, but everybody else just tends not to believe them.

      You see how incredibly easy it is to make baseless statements, and follow it up with denouncing rationalists as non-believers. There's as much truth in my poor story as there is in the existence of god(s).
    1. darkstate01's Avatar
      darkstate01 -
      Amen to that