Israeli minister slams "monster" Facebook for failure to remove violence-inciting content

By midian182 ยท 21 replies
Jul 4, 2016
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  1. Facebook is one of several social media sites to face criticism over a perceived lack of action when it comes to fighting online extremism. Now, the Israeli government has gone so far as to call the social network a “monster” for not doing enough to remove posts that incite violence against the country.

    During a television interview on Saturday, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that Facebook was “sabotaging” the nation’s police force by not aiding it in investigating potential suspects in the West Bank.

    Erdan said Mark Zuckerberg was partly to blame for the murders of and 13-year-old Hallel Ariel and Michael Mark. Ariel’s killer, 19-year-old Muhammad Tarayreh, said he wished to die a “martyr’s death” in a Facebook post made before the murder.

    “Facebook today, which brought an amazing, positive revolution to the world, sadly, we see this since the rise of ISIS and the wave of terror, it has simply become a monster,” said the minister. “It also sets a very high bar for removing inciteful content and posts.”

    Erdan urged Israelis to “flood” Zuckerberg with demands that he do more to remove content that could incite violence. “If other media outlets were to demonstrate how to murder Jews, they would have been closed immediately,” he said.

    In response, Facebook gave the following statement to Reuters.

    We work regularly with safety organizations 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.

    Last month, Facebook was once again accused of not taking enough action when it comes to removing hate speech from its platform. The father of a US student killed in the Paris attacks is suing the company, along with Google and Twitter, for providing “material support” to ISIS and other extremist groups.

    In January, Tamara Fields filed a lawsuit claiming Twitter should hold some responsibility over the death of her US contractor husband who was killed in a Jordan shooting. She says the microblogging site’s failure to remove ISIS propaganda is a violation of US anti-terrorist law.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Gold diggers abound.
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  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,401

    Who gets to decide what extremism is?
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

  5. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    Is that a misquotation or just me reading between the lines?
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    dms96960 likes this.
  7. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,401

    Reehahs likes this.
  8. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 131   +11

    We the people should. Should be voted on!

    Everything should be! Need to do away with congress completely.

    We don't need false "representatives" anymore!
  9. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,401

    That's a horrible idea, the only people dumber than elected officials are the ones electing them
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    Exactly! Consider just how dumb the average voter is. Then remember, that's average. Half of them are dumber than that.
    alabama man and dms96960 like this.
  11. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 131   +11

    I don't buy into that..

    Anyways.. Would still have similar requirements for any bill to pass. Would still require majority vote.

    And with minimum number of voters, etc. Basically similar to how congress works today.. Just all legal citizens have a chance to vote on it as well. Unlike today, where I really do have zero say.

    And you know what. I can find 20 people that think the both of you are "dumb" too.

    So yea, that's not really a valid reason not to do it. "dumb" is subjective. We are all "smart" and "dumb" in our own ways.

    I'd say all 3 of us are "smarter" than the average voter. We are reading a tech site after all. ;)

    Anyways, to each their own. Won't know if something like this will work until it's tried.
  12. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Booster Posts: 165   +40

    Pure democracy is mob rule. Thankfully we live in a Republic.
    alabama man and mailpup like this.
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Rethink that. That's a median not an average. :)
  14. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,401

    slightly less than half are below average
  15. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    Bad idea, look what the UK just did to its future.
  16. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Addict Posts: 297   +59

    I know it when I see it.
  17. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 372   +238

    Winners. History books are based on winners stories and if you lose you're wrong.
    Raoul Duke likes this.
  18. hatyyyyyy29

    hatyyyyyy29 TS Rookie

    Are you saying that we should let elected officials make decisions for us because the general populous is too dumb?! We need education not more elected officials!
  19. hatyyyyyy29

    hatyyyyyy29 TS Rookie

    Israel Is an extremist terrorist state. Facebook should be using there powers to free Palestine
  20. Tgard

    Tgard TS Booster Posts: 87   +26

    Palestine is an ultra-extremist terrorist wannabe state. Israel does what it takes to survive when surrounded by enemies on all sides. Turn your back on Israel at your own peril....
  21. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    No, I'm saying people are dumb. Also, I'm not excluding elected officials from that statement.
  22. I first heard this from George Carlin (RIP). It's a joke, funny partly because logically it doesn't stand up

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