Shin Bet chief says social media incitement ‘is a new battlefield’

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar speaks at the annual conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on September 11, 2022. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)
Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar speaks at the annual conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on September 11, 2022. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)

Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar says incitement on social media is a major challenge for the security agency, as it is difficult to prevent algorithms from echoing inciteful content which reaches easily influenced youth.

“It is a new battlefield for security agencies. It brings more people into terrorism and challenges the tools we have to combat terrorism. Terror groups have identified this, and they know how to cause copycat attacks, and influence others,” Bar says at a conference at Herzliya’s Reichman University.

Bar says combating online incitement is especially difficult as the agency needs to safeguard Israel’s democracy and not harm freedom of speech.

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