Facebook has been in the news quite a lot recently, not least because of the role it (and Twitter) have been playing in the pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East.
Mubarak wasn’t too happy about that, nor was Ben Ali of Tunisia, nor the guy from Libya whose name no one can spell (القذافي). Nor is Larry Klayman, an American attorney based in Florida, who founded Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch and writes a weekly column for World Net Daily. Klayman is now suing Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion.
Klayman is suing over a controversial Facebook page that called for a third Palestinian Intifada in Israel. In the short time that the page existed, it managed to win itself almost 350,000 likes. Then it was taken down, ostensibly because it contained a “direct call” for violence, which violates Facebook’s policies.
Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Israeli government condemned the page, but neither threatened a lawsuit over it, at least not as far as is known. Klayman did, demanding $1 billion in damages from the website, which, he says, allowed the page to remain up in order to further its revenues and increase the company’s net worth. As for the website’s founder, “Apparently the ethically compromised Zuckerberg has no conscience or sense of right or wrong, as depicted recently in the award winning film ‘Social Network.’”
Klayman adds that as a Jew he now fears for his life. The site, he complains, marks him and other prominent Jews “a target of this call to kill Jews.” By other prominent Jews, he obviously does not mean Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, co-founders Eduardo Saverin and Dustin Moscovitz, COO Sheryl Sandberg, or major shareholder Yuri Millner.
In all likelihood, Klayman’s lawsuit will likely have the same impact as the 18 civil lawsuits that he filed against President Bill Clinton or the lawsuit he filed against Vice President Dick Cheney. (i.e., none)