How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Third Intifada on Facebook
Like Judith, I've been following the Third Intifada on Facebook. I was originally inclined to join the call for Facebook to take it down. I've changed my mind. Not, mind you, on free speech grounds--as I argued in the comment below Judith's post, no one has a right to free speech on Facebook. It's a company, not a government, They can set any terms of usage they please, just as we do.
But then it occurred to me: 328,587 names and real identities of people who are trying to mobilize a Third Intifada? With tons of details about where they live, what they do, how they think, and a detailed guide to their social networks?
That's not just hate speech, that's outstanding open-source intelligence! And not a penny of taxpayer money was spent to acquire it. Keep that piece of flypaper right where it is, Facebook.
I point out that if Facebook has offered its cooperation to analysts who hope to understand even more about the people signing on to this group, they would hardly issue a press release announcing this. Nor should they.
You get my drift?