CAMERA’s Israel office prompted improved Associated Press coverage of a Facebook sanction against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s account after the wire service incorrectly reported that the social media giant suspended his Facebook page for 24 hours. The Sept. 18 story, “Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer setback in exit polls,” (2:32 am GMT) erred:
Facebook suspended [Netanyahu’s account for 24 hours last week after it published a post saying that “Arabs want to annihilate all of us.”
Facebook announced on Thursday that it suspended the automatic messaging function on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Facebook page for 24 hours.
The move comes after chatbot messages were sent from Netanyahu’s page stating that “Arabs want to annihilate us all.” …
The message appeared in an automatic popup to users who accessed Netanyahu’s Facebook page on Wednesday. It urged them to convince undecided voters to cast their ballot for Likud in next week’s election since “We cannot have … a secular left-wing weak government that relies on Arabs who want to annihilate us all – women, children and men.”
After Haaretz reported on the message, Likud said that it had been the result of a staffer’s mistake and that the prime minister had not seen or authorized it. The message was subsequently removed.
[Netanyahu] recently said to his voters in a Facebook post that Arabs “want to annihilate us all — women, children and men.” (Facebook then temporarily suspended some features of the account, as a penalty for violating the company’s hate-speech policy.)