Facebook and Israel agree to tackle terrorist media together

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At a meeting Monday in Tel Aviv, Facebook Inc.’s Joel Kaplan and Monika Bickert heard Israeli ministers loud and clear: the social network must do more to eliminate the incitement of terrorism on its pages.

“The internet can’t be allowed to become an incubator for terrorism,” said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who participated in a meeting with Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of U.S. public policy, and Bickert, its head of global policy management and counter-terrorism.

Many of the Palestinians arrested after attacking Israelis in the past year said they were influenced by content on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online platforms, according to a statement from Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

The sides agreed to create joint teams to further discuss how to deal with internet incitement and Shaked said the common interest was clear “especially during the week that commemorates Sept. 11, the event that changed the face of the United States.”

The talks in Israel came days after the world’s largest social media platform reinstated the iconic “Napalm Girl” Vietnam War picture removed under Facebook’s nudity guidelines.

The Menlo Park, California-based company is struggling to find a universal standard for its 1.7 billion users that strikes a balance between free speech and limiting material that is offensive or incites violence.

“A Facebook delegation visited Israel as part of our ongoing dialog with policymakers and experts around the world to keep terrorist content off our platform and support counter speech initiatives,” an e-mailed statement from the company said. “Facebook has zero tolerance for terrorism. We want people to feel safe when using Facebook.”

According to a statement from Shaked’s office, in the… read full story

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