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Facebook defends itself against Israeli accusations of incitement

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In an indirect response to accusations that Facebook is lenient regarding content that allegedly incites against Israel, the social networking website said that it is doing what it should by removing content that incites violence.

“We work regularly with safety organisations and policymakers around the world, including Israel, to ensure that people know how to make safe use of Facebook. There is no room for content that promotes violence, direct threats, terrorist or hate speeches on our platform,” Facebook said in a statement that was quoted by Reuters on Sunday.

“We have a set of community standards designed to help people understand what’s allowed on Facebook, and we call on people to use our report if they find content they believe violates these rules, so that we can examine each case and take quick action,” the social network added.

Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan levelled harsh criticism against Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday, describing the social networking website as “monster” that hinders security.

Erdan accused Zuckerberg of being behind Facebook’s policies and called on Israeli citizens “to flood him in every possible place with the demand to monitor the platform he established and from which he earns billions”, according to the Israeli news website Ynet.

The Israeli government has previously said that Facebook is used to incite attacks and is drafting legislation to compel social networking websites to remove content considered to incite terror.

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