Facebook has been complicit to the Palestinian violence against Israelis at the West Bank, and the social network giant became a “monster,” according to Israel Public Safety Minister Gilad Erdan during an interview on the program Meet the Press of Channel.
Minister Erdan made the statement following a series of Palestinian attacks that killed Miki Mark, a father of ten and a rabbi who heads a West Bank Yeshiva. Prior to that, a 19-year old Palestinian stabbed a 13-year old Israel girl while sleeping at her home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. The girl identified as Hallel Yaffa Ariel died in the hospital. The assailant identified as Mohammad Tra’ayra has been praising terrorists in his posts on Facebook before the attack.
“The victim’s blood is partially on Facebook’s hands. Facebook has turned into a monster,” said Minister Erdan. He added that the younger generation in the Palestinian Authority is promoting its entire discourse of incitement and lies on the social network giant’s platform.
According to the Public Safety Minister, Facebook failed to delete provocative posts by many young Palestinians on its website.
Israel accuses Facebook of sabotaging its police efforts
Minister Erdan also claimed that the social network giant is sabotaging Israel’s police efforts by rejecting its requests for collaboration in its investigation on possible suspects in the occupied West Bank.
He emphasized that the biggest problem is happening in Judea and Samaria [referring to the Biblical name of West Bank] because Facebook is not recognizing Israel’s control on the area. According to him, the social network giant is not willing to provide information. He explained that Israel took control over the West Bank during the 1967 war, and noted that there an international support for the Palestinian Authority, which is seeking s statehood.
According to Minister Erdan, Facebook is incompetent in removing inciting posts and content in its platform. He is encouraging Israelis to flood the account of the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg with messages demanding policy change and to monitor the platform.
The Israeli government believes that Palestinians are using Facebook and other social networks to agitate attacks on Israelis. The Minister of Justice is drafting a legislation to be able to order social media companies to delete posts and contents that are considered to be inciting terrorism on their platforms.
Facebook has no room for violent/terrorist contents on its platform
In response to the criticisms, Facebook said it is working regularly with safety organizations and policymakers around the world including Israel to make sure that people understand the safe us of its platform.
The social network giant also stated, “There is no room for content that promotes violence, direct threats, terrorists, or hate speeches on our platform. 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.”