Facebook deleted Binyamin Netanyahu’s entry for breaking the rules

Facebook deleted Binyamin Netanyahu's entry for breaking the rules

In his post, Netanyahu urged Israelis to share information about their relatives who did not receive the vaccine.

Facebook deleted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s post on Monday, claiming it violated the social media giant’s privacy policy.

According to media reports, Netanyahu had published a call to the public to provide details about people over 60 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus so that he could convince them to get vaccinated. The post was also distributed via the prime minister’s chatbot, which was also blocked by the social network.

“In accordance with our privacy policy, we do not allow the sharing of content or requesting medical information from people,” Facebook Israel said in a statement. “After violating these rules, we deleted the message and temporarily blocked the messenger chatbot that shared the content.”

Privacy Israel, an NGO, said the original complaint was filed by a university professor and an individual.

“Thanks to Anat Ben-David’s publication and Shahar Ben Meir’s application – Facebook has blocked (again) Binyamin Netanyahu’s chatbot. This time for asking users to provide detailed information about their unvaccinated relatives, which is against Facebook’s privacy policy,” the organization wrote.

“The plight and innocence of people who want to protect their loved ones is obvious, but you should not share the personal, medical and political positions of your parents and grandparents online, visible to all and certainly without their consent.” , tweeted Ben Meir, associate professor of communications at the Open University of Israel.

Netanyahu’s Likud party said in a statement that the publication was for the public good.

The aim was to encourage Israelis over the age of 60 to get vaccinated in order to save their lives after Prime Minister Netanyahu brought vaccines to every Israeli citizen,” the Likud statement said. “We urge everyone to get vaccinated so that we can open up the economy and be the first in the world to get out of the crown.”