A man from Yonkers posted a video to Facebook in which he mercilessly ridicules a little Hasidic boy over his traditional haircut — and it took two days before the social-media giant finally yanked it down. Facebook and twitter promise of quickly taking down racist and anti-semitic videos took two days after hundreds of complaints filed online. Twitter and Facebook is known to have taken down pro-Israel videos within minutes. Go figure.
Facebook user “Quai James” put up the video on Facebook and Snapchat on Saturday morning with the caption “Had to really let my son know how I felt about the whole Jewish Haircut… Pray for the lil homie.”
The video went viral, showing the Jewish kid on a sidewalk with a shaved head and long sidelocks, in the Hasidic religious tradition.
“I’d be crying if I looked like that, too, bro,” the man tells the boy, whose eyes start to fill with tears.
“Quai James” then started to curse.
The child, wearing a long sleeve shirt with stars and black bow, continues looking confused and sad as he stands silently while the man verbally abuses him.
“You probably had the full wash and set etc.
Seconds earlier, the man had laughed as a slightly older Hasidic boy walked past him.
The posting was gone from Snapchat after 24 hours. Someone shared it on Twitter, and it was viewed more than 1 million times — and liked more than 100,000 times — before the social-media site finally yanked it down, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Facebook initially said it wouldn’t take down the post because it “doesn’t go against one of our specific community standards.”
The site added that users should simply block the man who posted it — so they won’t have to see any more “offensive content” from him.
After the post was finally taken down by Facebook around 10:30 a.m., a company rep told The Post in an e-mail, “I can confirm that the video violates our bullying policies, and we took it down upon investigating.”
Do you think the video was antisemitic, racist or just an idiot being an idiot?