Facebook shuts hate page with ties to Healdsburg

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Menlo Park–based Facebook has removed a page administered by Kuruc.info, the leading Hungarian purveyor of anti-Semitic and anti-Roma hate speech.

Last fall, j. published an article (www.goo.gl/KMsOU) about the hate site, which is maintained in Hungary but is registered to Béla Varga, a Healdsburg shop owner. By being hosted in the United States, the site has managed to avoid prosecution by Hungarian police. The website (in Hungarian) is still up, even though the Facebook page has been removed.

On July 17, ADL national director Abe Foxman praised Facebook for removing the page, saying, “Facebook deserves credit for taking the time and effort to evaluate Kuruc.info’s activity on their platform and for making the right decision which is consistent with their policies.”

The Athena Institute, a Budapest-based organization that monitors European extremists, last year called Kuruc.info “the most active hate group operating in Hungary.” — j. staff