Israel’s PM says Facebook and Twitter are blocking the right-wing

7th June 2021

7th June 2021

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, struggling to retain his hold on power, has said that Facebook and Twitter are blocking legitimate right-wing criticism of the Lapid-Bennett coalition. 

Netanyahu, in replying to comments of legislators of his Likud party, said the two social media firms had removed a right-wing post that included the address of a legislator where had protest had been set to take place. As against this, Netanyahu said, a left-wing post, that listed the same address, but called on demonstrators to support the lawmakers, had not been taken down. 

“It’s a scientific case, simply scientific, clinical, that proves an attempt to shut up the right-wing.”

The PM’s comments came after his son, Yair Netanyahu’s account had been blocked from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram after he shared a poster calling for a protest outside Yamina MK Nir Orbach’s home. 

In a series of posts, the right-wing party called the move a “textbook case of political censorship of the Right.” 

It called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to stop the “double standard” and allow freedom of expression for all. 

 

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