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14 May 2021

Yoni Kempinski, Israel National News (Israel)

Israeli minister to Facebook and TikTok executives: You must take action

Justice Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) held a Zoom meeting last week with Facebook executives Nick Clegg, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications; Joel Kaplan, Vice President of Global Public Policy; and Jordana Cutler, Public Policy Director, Israel & the Jewish Diaspora. He also held a Zoom meeting with TikTok executives Cormac Keenan, Head of Trust & Safety; Theo Bertram, TikTok's Director of Government Relations and Public Policy in Europe; and Liz Kanter, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy [It's worth noting that Facebook and TikTok executives did not have a meeting with Palestinian officials yet].

Gantz called upon them to commit to removing from their social media sites content which incites to violence or spreads disinformation, and emphasized the importance of responding quickly to appeals from the governmental cyber bureau.

Gantz further asked these social media corporations to proactively initiate removal of content that incites to violence or encourages terror.

The executives [refers to Facebook and TikTok] expressed their commitment to act quickly and effectively to prevent incitement on their networks and the violence it can engender...