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Israeli minister, UN chief will join forces vs. antisemitism online

By 10/24/2021 2:19 PMNo Comments

Israel and the United Nations have agreed to jointly combat hate speech, incitement and antisemitism online.

On Friday, communications Minister Yoaz Hendel and UN Secretary-General António Guterres met in New York to discuss their steps in fighting hate speech, incitement and antisemitism online.

During their meeting, Hendel told Guterres that he decided to review the status of social media networks in Israel and whether they can be defined as media organizations.

Hendel said his action gives the courts the ability to hold them accountable for the content that they publish.

“We are in a war for the truth and in stopping incitement and hate speech,” Hendel said.

“Israel will be a pioneer in this battle,” Hendel added.

Together with the Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan, the three also talked about the influence that algorithms over the emotions of teens.

They also discuss the need for a binding, international regulation which puts the responsibility on the social media companies.

Erdan revealed that inciting content on Israeli channels of social media platforms is directly connected to terror attacks in Israel.

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