Netanyahu slams Facebook for blocking chat bot on Likud's page

The prime minister says media giant folds to Left pressure, and repeated his previous statements that the media is falsely reporting that large numbers of right-wing voters are casting their votes.

September 17, 2019 19:53
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed social media giant Facebook for closing his chat bot on Tuesday, as he was using it to ask users whom are they voting for.

Netanyahu repeated his previous statements that the media is falsely reporting that large numbers of Right-wing voters are casting their votes.

"This is a spin of a spin," he shouted on social media, "they are trying to put you to sleep! Tomorrow you could wake up to [Blue and White leader Benny] Gantz sitting here!"

"The chat bot is our way to talk to our supporters," he lamented, "they took a five kilo hammer and used it to crush us in the Likud; we are in a difficult struggle." He expressed hope that a judge will reverse the decision upon further examination. 

The only way to solve these problems is to go out and vote, the prime minister said. "I stand to so many pressures; Facebook doesn't stand up to the pressure of the Left."

Facebook responded that they are working with election committees across the world to assure elections are kept pure.

“We work with Elections Commissions around the world to help protect the integrity of elections. Our policies clearly state developers are required to comply with all applicable laws in the country where their app is available. We restricted the bot in accordance with the CEC order, for violating local law. Following the suspension of its activity, we received another order by the CEC ordering us to restore the bot, which we did immediately," a Facebook spokesperson said. 

Central Elections Committee Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer allowed the chat bot to be brought back up, however he instructed that whether any other violation of the law would be broken, the bot would be taken down once more.

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