Facebook deletes Farrakhan ‘anti-termite’ video as ‘Tier 1 hate speech’
Facebook has deleted a video from Louis Farrakhan’s account that compares Jews to termites. The material oversteps Facebook’s hate speech rules, the social media giant told TheWrap on Thursday.
“The video was taken down because it violates our hate speech policies,” a Facebook representative told TheWrap.
In the video posted earlier this week, Farrakhan said, “Stop it. I’m anti-termite,” in response to critics that call him an antisemite. The comment drew laughter and applause from his audience.
The video was still live on Facebook as of Wednesday afternoon. It was taken down by Facebook because Farrakhan “refers to Jews as termites, which amounts to Tier 1 hate speech,” according to the company’s policies, the Facebook rep told TheWrap.
A Tier 1 violation, according to Facebook’s community standards, includes attacks comparing a person or group of people to “animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior.” Tier 1 infractions also prohibit “violent” and “dehumanizing speech.”