Minister of Communications Joaz Handel Convened today (Thursday) for the first time the Advisory Committee for the Examination of the Regulation on Digital Content Platforms. The members of the committee are: the chairman of the committee, Ms. Liran Avishar Ben Horin – Director General of the Ministry of Communications, Dr. Micha Goodman, Prof. Karin Nahon, Dr. Tehila Schwartz-Altshuler, Adv. Chachal Revital Seid, Mr. Zohar Lebkowitz, Mr. Uri Herman, and Miriam Sela coordinate the team.

Meanwhile, in a meeting held today at the Ministry of Communications, the Director General of the Ministry of Justice, Eran Davidi, also attended. In recent years, it has dominated the media and distributed information with a large number of users. “

“This fact has made these platforms a significant influence on the public and public opinion and significant players in the broadcast and media market. Many issues relevant to the world of traditional broadcasting, including protecting minors from offensive content, ethics, accessibility, news and disseminating false information, also arise in discussions about “Distribution of content on digital content platforms and the need to regulate content on these platforms”, added

In order to examine the issue in depth and formulate a complementary arrangement to the recommendations of the Folkman Committee report, as adopted by Communications Minister Handel on September 1, 2021, the Minister seeks to appoint a team to advise him on formulating the required regulation on content distributed on digital content platforms.

The letter of appointment also states that “the team will work within the overall government examination on this issue and in coordination with the Committee for Adapting Law to the Challenges of Innovation and Accelerating Technology appointed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Gideon Saar, on 13.10.2021.

Committee to examine the regulation of the activities of social networks (Photo: None)

In doing so, the team will address, among other things, recommendations regarding the application of regulation to digital content platforms and the formulation of principles for effective regulation while comparatively examining existing trends in various countries around the world. The team will also address recommendations regarding the regulation of the responsibility and transparency of companies that constitute digital content platforms, including in relation to the platforms’ algorithmic mechanisms and mechanisms in the areas of content editing and control and the issue of transparency in promoting, filtering and removing subscriptions and / or content distributed on digital content platforms.

Communications Minister Yoaz Handel said: “The Israeli government has decided that it wants to make a change. All over the world, especially in the United States and Europe, this issue is on the table of legislators and we as a leading technological country can be pioneers in the field. “Social networks and digital platforms have brought a lot of blessing to the world, but at the same time there are problematic issues that have not yet been resolved.”

“Problems of transparency, unsupervised blockages, accountability, service, algorithm and editing are just some of the issues in the Ministry of Communications that the committee will address and examine. , He added.

The Director General of the Ministry of Justice, Adv. Eran Davidi, said: He appointed the Minister of Communications and is confident that, together with the General Committee, conclusions will finally be drawn that will lead to the best regulation. “

The committee’s chairman, Liran Avishar Ben-Horin, director general of the Ministry of Communications: “We have endless information about our private lives. The committee will delve deeper and examine the considerations of the public good in areas where the state has not been involved until now.

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