Facebook accused of being "uncooperative" in removing violent content

Israeli minister said the company hasn't upheld most of its complaints

Facebook accused of being "uncooperative" in removing violent content

CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives the keynote address during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco | Photo: PA Images

The Israeli government is accusing Facebook of being "uncooperative" in combating posts and messages promoting Palestinian violence.

Benjamin Netanyahu's government is planning legislation that will allow them to force social media sites to remove content that promotes and includes references to violent attacks and other threats.

Israel's public security minister, Gilad Erdan, accused Facebook of "sabotaging" police efforts in the West Bank by not sharing information on potential suspects.

Erdan said that 74 extremist posts were brought to Facebook's attention, but only 24 were removed. 

Facebook has said that the problem must be confronted by Israeli police rather than themselves, asking them to flag any offensive content it finds with Facebook's system of monitoring.

In a statement, the social network giant said "There is no room for content that promotes violence, direct threats, terrorist or hate speeches on our platform".

Jurisdiction

One of the main issues surrounding Facebook handing over information is that many of the complaints sent to them by Israeli authorities came from the West Bank, which Facebook does not recognise as being Israeli controlled.

This is not Facebook's only clash with government over data sharing, as it had around $6 million in financial assets frozen in Brazil last week over attempts by courts there to have information from WhatsApp messages relating to an international drugs investigation released.

The messaging service, which Facebook bought in 2014, has over 90 million users in Brazil, and Facebook insists it does not have access to the messages and data Brazilian authorities are requesting due to the app's high level of security.