Twitter is abuzz today over an offensive Facebook page titled, “Lee Rigby deserved it.” Lee Rigby, who had served in the British Army for seven years, was brutally killed on May 22 in south-east London by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who ran the soldier down on the street and butchered him with a meat cleaver, attempted to decapitate him, while screaming “Allahu Akbar.” Adebolajo famously justified his attack on a video taken by a bystander.
Rigby left behind a wife and young son. Many on the extreme left, such as the group, Unite Against Fascism (UAF), have sickeningly justified the attack, or at least diminished it. Last month, UAF members threw flowers which had been placed at a memorial for the slain soldier.
The Facebook page certainly falls into this category. The author declares,
He [Rigby] killed many people as a soldier directly or indirectly by supporting the Royal British Army, he deserved it. Great Britain is racist.
In a post today, the author of the page says in part,
“Go away with your backward ideology, the troops of Great Britain are nothing but scum, they are the TOOL of your racist fascist government, which are used to massacre innocent babies, women, and men, every day, for the past 10 years…”
The rant continues,
“Your people are paying and will sadly pay for the actions of your government and armed forces, so if I were you all, I would really change my attitude towards them. The troops aren’t stupid, Lee nor any soldier in this country is stupid unaware of what your government use them for, just like the United States of America, soldiers are the biggest criminals to exist, you should condemn them, bash them, and never let your sons join the army. Or this country will break into civil war, can you not see it?”
After numerous members of Twitter reported the page as offensive hate speech, Facebook responded with a message saying in part,
“We reviewed the page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn’t violate our community standards on hate speech.”
Here are some of the tweets:
Apparently the ‘Lee Rigby deserved it’ Facebook page doesn’t contain hate speech. pic.twitter.com/MQoXU54Bat
— Ben (@BenGB_) July 28, 2013
Sunday morning and im waking up with wankers saying lee rigby deserved it! Is it to early to start drinking? #Aintinthemood
— Jaythevest30 (@JasonLogan11) July 28, 2013
this the reply from Facebook I got after reporting that Lee Rigby deserved it page https://t.co/SgWHh2wkgF
— TrudieR (@trudieR) July 28, 2013
@EDLTrobinson reported Fbook page ‘Lee Rigby Deserved it’ and Fbook won’t take the page down!! https://t.co/3dKGgBfzoZ Please all report it!
— Brazen_BoMBshell (@Brazen_BoMBshel) July 28, 2013
I actually can’t believe there is a ‘Lee Rigby deserved it’ page still on Facebook. What goes on in some peoples heads?!
— Chris Wright (@chris_wright01) July 28, 2013
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