Israel urges social media giants to label anti-Semitic content

Israeli ministers and lawmakers urge social media giants to flag anti-Semitic content, as it does misinformation.

The call comes in a policy paper formulated by the Strategic Affairs Ministry and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, and presented to a Knesset panel in the presence of representatives from the platforms.

“Among the measures called for is the labeling of anti-Semitic content, similar to industry practice with misinformation surrounding the US presidential election and COVID-19. It also calls on companies to implement clear definitions of hate speech, including implementing the IHRA Working Definition on Antisemitism, referencing it in its policy and labeling,” according to a statement.

Strategic Affairs Minister Michael Biton says: “The Jewish people and the State of Israel are constantly being attacked through incitement, the spreading of misinformation, and outright lies. We have a special interest in taking the initiative on this issue and are holding social media companies accountable to start taking responsibility and act to implement clearer, more effective and transparent policies.”

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