Facebook fan pages have been created for just about everything you could imagine, and so it’s no surprise that quite a few of those pages have been at the root of worldwide controversy, while some other potentially controversial pages have quietly slipped under the radar.
Everybody Draw Mohammed Day
One of the controversial pages to get the most attention by far, and led to Facebook being banned temporarily in Pakistan was the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day page. The Muslim world expressed its outrage, and dozens of pages and groups popped up demanding that the controversial be taken down, and even one page calling for the boycott of Facebook itself, and led to the temporary banning of the social network site in Pakistan, before the original page was removed.
RIP Raoul Moat
Before it was taken down by its creator, the Facebook fan page RIP Raoul Moat You Legend, attracted 38,000 fans showing their appreciation for the killer who had taken his own life earlier this year after killing his ex-girlfriend, her boyfriend and seriously wounding a police officer. The original creator took her page down, but other smaller clones still exist, with far less fans on Facebook.
Barack Obama has probably been one of the most targeted personalities on Facebook’s pages. The page that caused the most controversy was one which attracted over one million members, praying for the American president’s death. The page subtly stated that since Patrick Swayze, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett had all died, they were hoping that the same would befall Barack Obama. Other pages that have targeted the President have compared him to Adolf Hitler.
If 10,000,000 People Join
Religion seems to be the easiest way to create controversy on Facebook. A page with over 1,000 fans is far from its goal of 10,000,000 members. What happens once they reach their goal? According to them, “the Jews have to say sorry for killing Jesus.”
Evesham Township Police (NJ)
The Evesham Township Police Department put itself on the map when it started the controversial practice of putting mug shots of the people they arrest on their Facebook fan page. They do have a little disclaimer on their page saying that all people on the page are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but the practice calls into question privacy rights on the internet. The Police Department is far from apologetic, and believes that the page is their way of keeping up with technology.
Everybody Draw Holocaust
In response to the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day page, a few clones of sorts popped up, under the name of Everybody Draw Holocaust Day. Holocaust, and its denial has been another hot topic causing controversy on Facebook. For some time, the social network site stubbornly refused to delete these groups at all, citing freedom of speech as its reason, until it was proven that holocaust denial is in fact illegal in several countries. Despite that, there are some pages that still exist denying the horrors of World War II, although they haven’t succeeded in attracting very many fans.
As always, religion manages to make an appearance wherever there is controversy on Facebook. The Catholic Pope Benedict has been no exception. Pages calling for his arrest, as well as those that aim to make fun of the religious leader, by stating that a condom can get more fans than the Pope are in full force on Facebook, and clearly aren’t going anywhere.
If you do a search for the two words, “Everybody Burn” on Facebook – you’ll be surprised at what you’ll come up with. Most of the pages are protesting the now deleted page calling for an International Burn the Koran Day. In fact, collectively they probably have more fans than the culprit page ever did. That said, there are still a couple of Everybody Burn the Bible, and Everybody Burn Israel’s Flag that still exist. They don’t have many fans but they can still be found on the social network.
For some, football is as serious as religion or politics, especially where the World Cup is involved. A Facebook page which attracted almost 5,000 fans is comparing the linesman who disallowed one of England’s goals in a pivotal match against Germany, to Hitler. The comparison alone is reason enough for its inclusion on this list.
We Support James Jones
One of the latest controversies that has led to the creation of a Facebook page involves a parent who got onto his daughter’s school bus to yell at kids who were bullying her. The Facebook page, We Support James Jones has attracted over 4,000 members, but not all of them have messages of support, but rather are criticising the father who is now facing charges for his actions.
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