Senior Facebook delegation in Israel to discuss ‘incitement’

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A senior delegation from Facebook is in Israel to “improve co-operation against incitement,” which is welcome, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“The fight against terrorism is also being waged on the social networks, and a senior delegation from Facebook is currently in Israel. The goal here is to improve co-operation against incitement, the incitement to terror and murder, on the social network,” Netanyahu said Sunday during the weekly Cabinet meeting.

“The Internet has brought considerable blessing to humanity, but folded within it – to our regret – is also a curse, because terrorists and inciters are using the Internet to attack mankind. We are determined to fight these phenomena and, therefore, I welcome the co-operation, or at least the desire for cooperation, that Facebook is showing, and we hope that these will lead to better results,” he said.

The delegation is scheduled to meet with government officials during its visit.

Facebook has been accused by Israeli officials of turning a blind eye to violent messages encouraging attacks by individual Palestinians against Israelis.

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