In recent weeks, some politicians and media figures from the right-wing camp have claimed that the Facebook network blocks people expressing right-wing views, and have argued for selective editing. Prof. Karin Nahon, President of the Israeli Internet Association, spoke this morning (Monday) on the subject with Erel Segal and David Wertheim on 103FM.
“On the one hand we say we do not want a private company, and I do not think it is right that a private company sets the boundaries of discourse on certain issues such as terrorism and pedophilia and the like, on the other hand we want it to rise, some will say, we do not want it censored. Sadan, let’s put that aside for a moment, is a powerful society and I think it should be weakened in terms of both political and social power, but it is the city square today. On the one hand we expect it to reduce violence, on the other we do not give it clear instructions. “You legislators in general will leave the network open. It is impossible to eat the cake and leave it intact. Facebook and Google control 85 percent of the advertising,” Nahon began.
“Facebook is one of the only companies that can use artificial intelligence, but let’s talk about discourse and freedom of expression. I agree that there are certain points that Facebook cannot be the one to decide, I agree. But to say that only people from the right are removed because they are right-wing, come on. They downloaded the Prime Minister’s post, so I say a person is violating Facebook’s community rules – download it. In 2018, they tried to enact a content removal law for terrorism, it reached a third reading and the person who took it down was none other than Netanyahu. Our legislator did not legislate laws, he wanted to say let’s leave this world wild and hacked and what’s going on? You give the mandate to a company like Facebook to decide what it wants and that’s the problem, “she continued.
“In the United States, this debate has come up many times. There is the section 230 that says the platforms, they have no responsibility and if they regulate their platform they get immunity on it. Trump tried to make a call and said I was going to legislate against them, but what happens if they are held accountable? Say Platform X, what am I crazy about? If I am legally responsible for any content that passes through me, think that in one second half a million posts pass through Facebook, why should I allow it? I block even more. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. “Unfortunately, one of the things I struggle with criticizing is that they be more transparent, I think they are very non-transparent,” added Prof. Nahon.
“Two days ago Facebook issued a statement, there was a content council that criticized Facebook for Trump’s blocking and did not know the reasons for the blockade and asked for a clearer message. We all know what’s going on so we can understand what’s next. ‘ “The phrase” Two days ago Facebook released a message that they are going to treat elected officials like everyone else, it means that in the coming month we will start to see many more blockages of elected officials, “Nahon concluded.