Director of the Department of Facebook for Middle East, Africa and the UK Simon Milner held an emergency meeting with the Minister of internal security of Israel by Gilad Ardana, who also heads the Ministry of information.
As reported by portal NRG, the reason for the meeting is promoted by Ardana legislative initiatives aimed at combating incitement to terrorism in social networks.
These initiatives have alarmed the leadership of Facebook, for fear of creating a bad precedent that can be adopted by other countries.
According to the portal NRG, Arden Milner said that Facebook makes a lot of money, but not doing nothing to combat the spread of inflammatory materials on the pages of this social network.
The newspaper quotes words of the head MWB Israel that Facebook should take responsibility for the published on its pages, otherwise Israel along with other States will be forced to solve the problem through legislation.
He also noted that Facebook has a large amount of information about each customer, his habits, Hobbies, affections and objects of hatred. The company successfully uses this information to publish relevant ads. Therefore, it cannot be said that Facebook administration has no tools to identify the instigators and blocking of their pages.
Milner said Ardeno that understood the problem and that the company would study it to find the balance between freedom of expression and combating incitement.
The government of Israel for the first time makes the leadership of Facebook claim regarding the use of this social media to promote terror. In a recent interview with NEWSru.co.il the Minister of internal security, Ardan Gilad spoke about the need to establish control over social networks. At the same time, he noted that the police and General security service (SHABAK) use social networks to monitor active and potential extremists.
This week the outrage of many Israelis has caused the emergence of Facebook, on the pages of the TV channel «al-Aqsa» and the radio station «Voice of al-Aqsa» belonging to the terrorist organization Hamas video glorifying the organizer of the bus bombings of Yahya YASA and calling for new attacks. About the appearance of this video in social networks reported by many Israeli media, including Ynet and NEWSru.co.il, 10-th and 9-th channels. Was initiated by the mass filing of complaints to the Facebook administration.
The administration of the social network have acted ambiguously. On 8 February, less than a day after the mass protest, was completely blocked page of the radio station «Voice of al-Aksy». However, on February 9, unlock. Later a video of Hamas terror promoting bus was blocked on the page of the TV channel «al-Aqsa», but in General the page of the channel was not blocked. The clip on the website of the radio station «Voice of al-Aksy» have remained available, although before watching it, the visitor now sees the inscription «Heavy video».
We ask our readers to continue to submit complaints to the Hamas video. The link that says «Report video» here.
We understand that even if you delete the video may continue to spread in social networks. But it seems to us fundamentally important to convince the administration of Facebook in the inadmissibility of placement of such materials.
The representative of the Israeli foreign Ministry Alon Lavi told our correspondent yesterday that last fall, amid increased Arab terror and terror propaganda on social networks, the Israeli foreign Ministry has begun negotiations with the leadership of Facebook, seeking to lock pages with extremist content. The last such meeting with one of the senior leaders was held on Facebook a few days ago. The Ministry is of the opinion that the leaders of Facebook are sympathetic to the problem, and hope that soon will be taken the decision in principle. However, the Israeli foreign Ministry thanked the citizens that organize public protests to remove extremist content from Facebook.
The TV channel «al-Aqsa» radio station «Voice of al-Aksy». Summary
Broadcasting company «al-Aqsa» was created by the terrorist organization Hamas in January 2006 after winning parliamentary elections. A license for broadcasting Hamas is not received. In a few weeks after the broadcast of the Prosecutor of the Palestinian authority Ahmad Marnie ordered the closing of al Aqsa, but that decision was not executed. And in June of 2007 as a result of armed coup, Hamas seized power in Gaza and refused to obey any laws and decrees of the Palestinian national authority to form its own government and courts.
The office of al Aqsa was destroyed twice by the Israeli air force: 29 December 2008 during anti-terrorist operation «Cast lead» and on July 29, 2014 during anti-terrorist operation «enduring rock». However, the broadcast was interrupted for a while.
Al-Aqsa broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, repeating transmission, stories and videos. Most of the materials are open propaganda of hatred against Israel and terror against Israelis.