Dec 17, 2018

Facebook 'temporarily bans Israeli PM's son over posts'

AFP A son of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Facebook blocked him for 24 hours amid a spat over several posts railing against Palestinians and Muslims. Last week, Facebook removed a post by Yair Netanyahu in which he called for "Avenging the deaths" of two Israeli soldiers killed by a Palestinian. His tweet included a screenshot of a deleted Facebook post that criticised the site for taking down his call to avenge the deaths of the soldiers who were shot and killed in the occupied West Bank on Thursday. "The thought police of the radical progressives at Facebook have reached me as well!" Mr Netanyahu's Facebook post said. Facebook says the goal of its Community Standards is to "Encourage expression and create a safe environment", and that the consequences for breaching them "Vary depending on the severity of the breach and a person's history on the platform".

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