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Facebook removes antisemitic Louis Farrakhan video

(JTA) – A video posted to the Facebook account of Louis Farrakhan in which the Nation of Islam leader compares Jews to termites was removed for violating the social media platforms hate speech policies. It remains posted on Twitter, which said last week that it does not violate company policies. Farrakhan had posted the video to his 960,000 followers, according to The Wrap, with a comment reading: “To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet because of your fear of what we represent I can go anywhere in the world – I’m not mad at you because you’re so stupid,” he said at the speech in Detroit. “So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater – you know what they do – call me an antisemite, stop it! I’m anti-termite!”

A link to the video on YouTube also was deleted, with a message that it was removed for violating YouTube’s policy on hate speech, whose parent company is Google. A video of the full speech remains available on the Nation of Islam website. The Oct. 16, tweet was attached to video of a speech he gave Oct. 15 marking the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March, his 1995 rally advocating empowerment for black men.

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