U.K. Front-bencher Urges Facebook: Act Against anti-Semitism

Onus to act against hatred is on big social media sites, says Yvette Cooper.

British opposition politician Yvette Cooper thinks Facebook should do more about anti-Semitism, the Jewish Chronicle reports.

Following a petition signed by 20,000-plus people calling on the social-media site and its founder Mark Zuckerberg to stop supporting the spread of anti-Semitism, Cooper said Facebook simply needs to comply with its own rules on hatred.

Hate crimes should be tackled everywhere, in reality and online, Cooper, a member of the Labour Party, told the Chronicle – elaborating that the mainstream social media had a particular duty to take action.

Mainstream it is. While Facebook has been going out of style with the kids – which explains why it bought messaging company WhatsApp for an eye-popping $19 billion - as of writing it still had 1.2 billion users, or a sixth of humanity.

Last month, the Chronicle reports, Facebook declined to delete a page called “Jewish Ritual Murder”. The page repeats the blood libel that claimed that Jews ritually sacrifice Christian children. The site stated that deletion "will not help to overcome ignorance," and that the way to fight prejudice is through debate.

While presently in opposition, Cooper served in the Cabinet between 2008 and 2010 as the first female chief secretary to the Treasury. She is married to fellow Laborite Ed Balls.