The social media giant Facebook initially said it would not remove a page dubbed “RIOT for Trayvon” claiming it “doesn’t violate our community standard on credible threat of violence.” Later, the site apparently yanked the page but left another called “Kill Zimmerman” as is.
A Breitbart News contributor reached out to Facebook today asking the company to review “RIOT for Trayvon.” The page, which had 152 “likes,” included this paragraph (warning — explicit language):
They don’t think we will tear this mutha fucka up! LIKE IF YOU READY TO RIDE! LETS FLEX OUR MUSCLE! WHAT,YOU SCARED?
A picture accompanying the page featured a person lying unconscious. The social media company responded that it reviewed the page in question and did not feel the need to block it.
A short time later, the site could no longer be found on Facebook. However, “Kill Zimmerman,” which has 73 “likes,” still existed on the site. It, too, was reported by at least one Facebook user for a possible “hate speech” violation, with Facebook responding in a similar fashion.
Florida resident George Zimmerman is currently on trial for the death of teen Trayvon Martin. Last year, the two had an altercation during which Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, claiming self defense. The case quickly caught the country’s attention, with some viewing the shooting as racially motivated. Zimmerman is half Hispanic, while Martin was black.