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Facebook Must Be Held to Account

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According to figures collected by the Competition Authority, Israel is the Facebook nation. More than 90 percent of Israelis use Facebook’s WhatsApp more than twice a day, 85 percent use Facebook itself and 76 percent use Instagram. The U.S. social media company has unprecedented control over Israelis’ daily lives and unprecedented power to shape their consciousness. Every post – including posts that deny the coronavirus, incite or increase polarization between different segments of society – can potentially have enormous influence.

Given this data, it’s utterly bizarre that Facebook isn’t subject to any regulations. Therefore, Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel’s decision to form a committee to examine social media........

© Haaretz

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