Facebook COO: Want To Stop ISIS? LIKE Them



Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has some novel advice for people who wish to combat ISIS’s Facebook pages. Instead of reporting them, which one would think is the logical course of action that would lead to their termination, she believes that people should use what she calls “like attacks” to combat social network terror.

At a panel on the World Economic Forum in Davos, in response to question about what Facebook was doing to fight ISIS recruiting, she claimed that it was impossible to prevent incendiary posts because “as soon as you take something down another one pops up”.

The answer then, apparently, was to give IS recruitment pages a whole lot more free publicity, shining a light on their practices while bombarding their prospective recruits with peaceful messages.

She then explained how Facebook users in Germany “liked” a neo-Nazi Facebook page and proceeded to flood it with positive messages.

“What was a page filled with hatred and intolerance was then tolerance and messages of hope,” she said.

“Rather than scream and protest, they got 100,000 people to like the page, who did not like the page and put messages of tolerance on the page, so when you got to the page, it changed the content and what was a page filled with hatred and intolerance was then tolerance and messages of hope.

“The best antidote to bad speech is good speech and the best antidote to hate is tolerance.”

“The best thing to speak against recruitment by ISIS are the voices of people who were recruited by ISIS, understand what the true experience is, have escaped and have come back to tell the truth.” She states that “counter-speech” is the best means of combating terror organisations.

Of course, it is unknown why ISIS could not simply set up a new Facebook page if they were badly compromised by “like attacks” – the same reasoning that apparently prevented Facebook from taking action (cough-theydon’treallycareandwantyoutodotheirjob-cough). Liking a terror organisation’s Facebook page might also bring the unwanted attention of some US spy agency or another- “but I was trying to promote hope and peace” might not cut it when a friend of yours saw your like notification and decided to contact ISIS to learn more about it.

Also, liking multiple KKK, ISIS and Neo Nazi pages might cause everyone you know to give you a strange look whenever they see you, but who knows, maybe the Facebook COO is onto something.

Facebook has long received criticism for being unable (or unwilling) to stem the dissemination of ISIS propaganda on their network; at one point it even stopped Anonymous from exposing ISIS recruiters– by banning the Anonymous group that was doing their job. Apparently, hating ISIS is also hate speech (according to Facebook).

In apparent response to these accusations of inaction (or negative action), it has pledged 1 million Euros towards the support of NGOs that counter hate speech- though it is unknown just how that would prevent IS from getting new recruits.

Facebook, and several other tech companies, also met with US government officials a few weeks back to discuss how they could combat terror organisations.


Sources: Tech Worm, Engadget, Wired, Counter Current news

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  1. This is a copy of my post on Facebook.

    This is dumb. Read on and you’ll see why.
    “What was a page filled with hatred and intolerance was then tolerance and messages of hope,” Cheryl Sandberg said.
    Okay, think about it. “Dumb idea” should’ve be your thought. Reason why is, the group you are trying to disseminate will now get support. Read on.
    You make their page all full of tolerance and messages of hope. People that haven’t woke up to what is going on (there’s more than you think), visit that page and get drawn in thinking that the group is really a bunch of great guys out to help us become better humans (which we know isn’t the truth). They now become uneducated supporters for that group. (Or is that the ultimate goal of this endeavor, COO Sandberg?)
    So….that’s called a backfire, which happens more often than not. ISIS should not be given any type of media platform whatsoever. Facebook shouldn’t be giving advice on how to handle terrorism. They also should be looking for a new Chief-Of-Operations, what other dumb decisions have been made.
    You never, ever put fuel on the fire you need to extinguish. To stop that fire, you take its ability to breath. Without air, that fire can’t survive. It suffocates and dies.
    Also don’t piss on the fire, it just makes for a stink.
    [all puns intended]

  2. This magnificent mind must be the reason that the newsfeed always defaults to “top stories” no matter how many times I select “most recent” AND why it’s so hard to find my old comments & posts more than a few hours old AND why I get a notification that my friend left a comment somewhere in a sea of several thousand others but won’t take me to their comment. I could go on & on, but you get the point.

  3. Reporting abuse on facebook is futile. The term “suck nigga dick” and a call for the assassination of a public figure don’t rate as hate speech according to them.


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