How to deal with a “fake” story on Facebook? It’s not as easy as you think
Posted by The Jerusalem Times on Friday, March 18, 2018 11:23:07A fake news story posted to Facebook that accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “trying to destroy” the Jewish state was posted last night on the social networking site.
The story was a series of false reports by Israeli news websites claiming Netanyahu had been secretly visiting the Temple Mount, and that he would seek to destroy the Jewish nation.
Netanyahu has denied any such plans.
The report’s title “Netanyahu visits the Temple mount and seeks to destroy Israel” was posted on Facebook and was quickly picked up by pro-Netanyahu media outlets.
But the story, which was posted by Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff, has been taken down from Facebook and the Israeli Embassy in the United States.
In a statement, Facebook said:”The original post has been removed due to an error and we’re currently investigating the issue.
We have taken action to remove the original post.””
In addition to removing the post, we’re also reviewing our policies and procedures regarding content from Facebook, and will continue to work with our partners and partners in other countries to enforce the rules of our platform, as we have done in the past,” the statement added.
The Facebook post also falsely claimed that Netanyahu had told US President Donald Trump that Israel was planning a military attack on Iran, while in fact he had only said that Israel would take the necessary steps to protect its citizens.
While the Israeli government and Netanyahu have denied any involvement in the Facebook post, Israeli media outlets such as Haaretz have been quick to report on it, including one that posted a photo of Netanyahu on the Temple’s Mount accompanied by a caption saying: “Neta: A real threat, Netanyahu’s fake.
A real danger.”
But as of now, Facebook has not taken any action against the website.
On Friday, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said he would “deal with it as we deal with every other matter”.
In a Twitter post on Thursday night, Netanyahu said: “The Palestinian Authority has not responded to the Israeli proposal to evacuate the West Bank.
It is time to move the process to the UN.
We must do everything possible to ensure a peaceful solution.”
In his Facebook post on Friday morning, Issacharso did not say why the post was removed, but said he “would not take it lightly.”
“We have to look at this matter in its totality, because there are so many lies,” he said.
“I will deal with this matter as we do with everything else.”
Netanyahu, who is expected to return to Israel on Sunday, has previously said that the United Nations is not an acceptable forum for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In recent weeks, Israel has been conducting massive air raids against the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip, and has launched a military offensive in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.