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Israel Battles Facebook over Incitement

Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan at memorial for fallen police (Photo: wikicommons/Avi1111)

The ongoing wave of terror carried out against Israeli citizens has often been incited via social media. Now, Yediot Achronot reports, Israeli legislation is being worked on that would force Facebook to remove posts that call for terror and violence:

Nine months ago, Dareen Tatour posted a poem to Facebook entitle 'Resist my people, resist them,' which included clauses appearing to incite to violence such as: 'Follow the caravan of martyrs,' 'I will not succumb to the “peaceful solution,”' 'Never lower my flags until I evict them from my land. Pay no mind to his agents among us who chain us with the peaceful illusion.'

Days later, Israeli police arrested Tatour, accusing her of inciting violence on the social network.

Blaming incitement for the latest 10-month spate of Palestinian attacks, Israel is taking its fight to a new level: A new law in the works, co-sponsored by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, aims to force Facebook and other social media platforms to take down content Israel deems as fueling violence...

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