Tag: Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg Clarifies Remarks On Not Deleting Holocaust Denial Posts from Facebook

(JTA) – Mark Zuckerberg clarified remarks he made in an interview published online in which he said that he would not automatically remove Holocaust-denying posts from Facebook.

The remarks by Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, in an interview with tech journalist Kara Swisher published on the Recode website, were widely covered by journalists and debated on social media.

Hours after the interview went live on the Recode Decode podcast and a transcript was published on the website, Zuckerberg sent an email to Swisher to clear up any misconceptions.

“I enjoyed our conversation yesterday, but there’s…

Netanyahu Nixes Controversial ‘Facebook Law’ Allowing Censorship of Social Media

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday when he blocked a vote on a bill that would grant the government far-reaching power to remove or block content from social media sites.

The so-called Facebook Law would delete the content for reasons that include incitement to terrorism without criminal proceeding and without any admissible evidence. Along with Facebook, among the social media outlets that would be covered by the legislation are Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, YouTube and reddit.

Under the bill, a post that violated any section of Israel’s penal code could be removed after an administrative hearing that…

Jerusalem mayor wants to name site near new embassy after Trump

A traffic island located next to the new American embassy in Jerusalem will be named in honor of the United States and President Donald Trump.

The area will be called “United States Square – in honor of President Donald Trump,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced on Tuesday.

“President Trump has decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, to stand on the side of the truth, and to do the right thing,” Barkat said in a statement. “Naming this square in honor of the president is our way of showing our love and respect for the president…

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving company reportedly over disputes with parent firm Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum will leave the company over conflicts with Facebook, which bought the messaging service four years ago.

Koum, a Jewish billionaire originally from Ukraine, reportedly also will leave Facebook’s board of directors, according to The Washington Post, which cited people familiar with internal discussions. His date of departure has not been set.

Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 million in 2014.

It is believed that Koum is leaving due to disagreement with Facebook over the privacy of user data and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, though Facebook has not confirmed this.

Koum, 42, who is worth more than $9…

Jewish students: A blacklist of BDS supporters is hurting our efforts to defend Israel on campus

We are Jewish and pro-Israel students who are active within our Jewish communities on college campuses across North America. Many of us have helped organize against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions-affiliated movements throughout our time on campus.

Over the course of our time fighting BDS campaigns, Canary Mission was brought to our attention repeatedly. Canary Mission is an anonymous site that blacklists individuals and professors across the country for their support of the BDS movement, presumed anti-Semitic remarks and hateful rhetoric against Israel and the United States.

As a group of conscientious students on the front lines fighting BDS on…