Netanyahu Pulls the Plug on Law to Fight Facebook 'Incitement'
A surprise last-minute intervention by the Israeli prime minister brings an end for now to a bill that would have removed protections for speech that’s published on the web
Under the legislation, known as the “Facebook law,” state authorities could appeal to courts and request an order be issued for the removal of damaging online posts bypassing due process procedures currently required by law.
Netanyahu’s office has yet to respond to a request for comment.
Karine Nahon, the president of the Israel Internet Association, said she was relieved to learn of the decision.
“This was a draconian law that has been expanded far beyond what’s necessary and I am glad that the prime minister recognizes its problems,” said Nahon, who is a professor of information science the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a private academic institution located just north of Tel Aviv.
“They took an important issue of stopping online incitement of terrorism and expanded it to include all criminal activities," she said. "In effect, this would have allowed the state to take away our democratic right to express dissent.”