Collection of articles on Jewish-Israeli control and censorship of Facebook
- Israel to promote itself on Facebook
From Israeli site YNet News
- New IDF unit to fight enemies on Facebook, Twitter
Article from Ha'aretz
- Prime Minister's Office recruiting students to wage
online hasbara battles
Israel wants to pay Jewish students to post pro-Israel messages on Facebook and Twitter.
- Facebook founder feels the heat as privacy backlash
Article from The Sydney Morning Herald on Zuckerberg: "They 'trust me' ... Dumb fucks".
- Israeli minister asks Facebook's Zuckerberg to close
Minister Edelstein sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to make sure that a page calling for a third Palestinian Intifada be shut down.
- Facebook removes '3rd intifada' page
- Facebook bans Gandhi quote as part of revisionist
- Facebook disables Press TV account
- Facebook: Israel requested information on 132 user
Article from The Jerusalem Post
- The Guardian on the Jews
Guardian article that gives some idea about the people behind Facebook, including the Jewish moneyman Peter Thiel
- Jewish Internet Defense Force
'seizes control' of anti-Israel Facebook group
Article from The Jerusalem Post
By Yitzhak Benhorin
Deputy foreign minister meets networking site's managers to discuss plans for online PR
WASHINGTON – The government intends to turn the social network Facebook into the main platform for Israeli online public relations, investing a lot of resources on creating an efficient strategy to utilize the 600 million-large' network.
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon visited the California offices of the network on Friday, and met with company heads including Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and VP of Advertising and Global Operations David Fischer, who is the son of Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer.
The Foreign Ministry is set on turning the famous social network into the main platform for Israeli online public relations both in English and in Arabic. Officials in Jerusalem have expressed their belief that Facebook is a friendly platform for communication with young people around the world, allowing for distribution of messages through video clips and games.
Israeli embassies around the world have already begun to manage Facebook pages, but now the Foreign Ministry intends to make more efficient use of the network to improve Israel's image.
Ayalon's meetings are intended to foster a relationship between the Israeli government and Facebook heads. Ayalon has also invited Facebook managers to visit Israel in order to meet with internet entrepreneurs and participate in the Presidential Conference expected to take place in Jerusalem next June.
The deputy foreign minister displayed before them Israel's high-tech abilities, noting that Intel Company is the biggest private employer in Israel, with more than 7,000 employees.
Following Facebook's slow response in closing the internet page calling for a "third Intifada" and a violent protest against Israel, Facebook managers clarified that in the future they intend to deactivate any pages preaching violence. They also stated Facebook plans to open a marketing center in Israel.
Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu.
The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman's Office is to begin drafting computer experts with an eye toward establishing an Internet and new media department unit, Army Spokesman Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu said Monday.
Speaking at the Eilat Journalists Conference, Benayahu said the new department would focus on the Internet's social media networks mainly to reach an international audience directly rather than through the regular media.
The new unit, as well as an initiative by the Information and Diaspora Ministry to train people to represent Israel independently on the Internet and in other arenas, were presented Monday at the conference during a panel discussion on Israeli public relations abroad.
Responding to criticism of Israel's ability to face hostile entities on the Web, Benayahu said the new program would be able to deal with the problem. He said that from each group drafted to the Army Spokesman's Office, between eight to 10 young people who are experts in Web 2.0 - YouTube, Facebook and Twitter - to be identified before induction, would be assigned to the new department. The new recruits would be put to work in the new media unit after undergoing a general Army Spokesman's Unit training course.
Benayahu told Haaretz the new program would be up and running in a few months.
The Army Spokesman's Office began working in this area more than a year ago. During Operation Cast Lead it put up YouTube videos of attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip, to illustrate the care the IDF takes to avoid hitting civilians. One such clip showed how the pilot of an IDF helicopter diverted a missile that had been fired at a target when it was realized civilians had entered the target area.
The head of communications at the Army Spokesman's office, Col. Ofer Kol, said they wanted to reach "mainly an international audience that is less exposed to operational processes. Foreign media do more 'zooming-in' and so it's important to us to show the totality of IDF actions without a filter."
The IDF YouTube account got millions of hits during Operation Cast Lead, which led to the decision to expand activity at the site and other social network Web sites. The IDF hopes to show other sides of the army less familiar to the world, such as women's service.
The Spokesman's Office has also contacted bloggers who are known as opinion-makers and sent them information and pictures directly.
Prime Minister's Office recruiting students to wage online hasbara battles
By Barak Ravid
Ha'aretz, Aug. 13, 2013
PMO and national student union to create covert units at universities to engage in diplomacy via social media; unit heads to receive full scholarships.
The Prime Minister's Office is planning to form, in collaboration with the National Union of Israeli Students, "covert units" within Israel's seven universities that will engage in online public diplomacy (hasbara).
The students participating in the project, who would post on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter on Israel’s behalf, will be part of the public diplomacy arm of the PMO, but would not identify themselves as official government representatives.
About a week ago, the outgoing deputy-director general of the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, Daniel Seaman, sent a document to the government tender committee seeking to exempt the national student union from being chosen as the partner in the project through a public bidding process.
The PMO is looking to invest close to NIS 3 million to recruit, organize and fund the activities of hundreds of university students, as part of the country’s public diplomacy effort.
The Public Diplomacy Ministry is being closed and its staff are being integrated into the national public diplomacy unit in the Prime Minister’s Office. Seaman, who previously served as head of the Government Press Office and also ran as a candidate in the Likud party primaries, is expected to assume a new position shortly - that of head of an office with the very official sounding name of “the interactive media unit.” In practice, this is the entity that is expected to coordinate the public diplomacy efforts of the Prime Minister’s Office on the Internet and social networks.
Seaman informed the public tender committee that the Prime Minister’s Office was interested in having the student union recruit up to 550 students with knowledge of foreign languages from Israel’s seven universities. The student union is to publicize the project among tens of thousands of students and be responsible for the screening process, which will include submission of resumes, submitting answers to questionnaires, providing translation samples and participating in individual interviews. It is also the student union that is to provide computers and work space for a project headquarters on each campus.
Seaman informed the committee that the diplomacy units at each university would take direction from staff at the Prime Minister’s Office, but its public face would be one of an independent student entity. “The entire idea of the setup is based on activity of students and by students,” Seaman wrote to the committee. “The idea requires that the state’s role not be highlighted and therefore it is necessary to insist on major involvement by the students themselves without any political link [or] affiliation.”
It is apparent from Seaman’s document that a diplomacy group will be set up at each university and structured in a semi-military fashion. The head of the unit will be a student “senior coordinator,” who will receive a full scholarship from the Prime Minister’s Office. Working under the senior coordinator will be three other student coordinators, each of whom will head one of three desks, responsible for languages, graphics and research. These coordinators will get smaller scholarships. A group of student activists, who will receive nominal student stipends, will work under each coordinator. The Prime Minister’s Office will fund a total of NIS 2.78 million in scholarships for the program in the upcoming academic year.
“In light of the success in the battle for awareness during the Pillar of Defense Operation [the Israeli military operation against the Gaza Strip in November of last year] and the experience gained in activating a large number of situation rooms on university campuses and work with students in general, it was decided to establish a permanent structure of activity on the Internet through the students at academic institutions in the country,” Seaman wrote. “The students are an organized population that is familiar with, and active on, the Internet on an ongoing basis, trained in use of the field, [who] live and speak the language of the [medium].”
The Prime Minister’s Office said in response that the project is designed to strengthen Israel’s public diplomacy and adapt it to changes in how information is being consumed. “The national public diplomacy unit in the Prime Minister’s Office places an emphasis on social network activity,” the office stated. “As part of this, a new pro-Israel public diplomacy infrastructure of students on Israeli campuses is being established that will assist in advancing and disseminating content on the social networks, particularly to international audiences.”
Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said the main subjects that the campus-based units will deal with are diplomatic- and security-related issues, efforts to combat the boycott of Israel and anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel. The students will emphasize Israel’s democratic values, freedom of religion, pluralism and “other subjects that give expression to the Israeli government’s public diplomacy policy.” The Prime Minister’s Office added that similar efforts with students were successful in recent years. “This model significantly advances Israel’s public diplomacy capabilities so that concurrent with messages conveyed by the country’s official spokespeople, content will also be conveyed that has been developed and disseminated by the students that is adapted to social media.”
“We believe that this involves an essential tool to strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and addresses the major importance that we attach to advancing public diplomacy of the State of Israel on the social networks.”
Hagar Yisraeli, a spokeswoman for the Union of Israeli Students, added: “Israel is dealing with an extreme, ongoing delegitimization campaign that is being conducted against it on the social networks. The student population is a talented, educated group of people with independent and diverse views and speaks [a variety of] languages and can therefore assist in dealing with such an [anti-Israel] campaign… The students are an integral part of the Israeli reality and it is therefore appropriate, in our view, that they take an active part in dealing with the delegitimization. It is accepted in the world that students are integrated and take part in various diplomatic activities. The student union is not a political organization and is not identified politically [with one school of thought]. The members of the union hold a range of views from across the Israeli political spectrum, and it is our intention to preserve that.”
Facebook founder feels the heat as privacy backlash rages
By Stephen Hutcheon
The Sydney Morning Herald, May 14, 2010
Mark Zuckerberg and the transcript.
A leaked instant messenger (IM) transcript from 2003 in which Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg mocks users who joined his then fledgling social networking site is adding to the sense of outrage over the social networking site's cavalier attitude towards privacy.
The transcript, published by the sober Business Insider website, dates from the days when Zuckerberg was a 19-year-old operating what was then called The Facebook from his Harvard dorm room.
The IM conversation went like this, Business Insider says:
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fucks.
The authenticity of the transcript was not denied by Facebook, which later issued a statement saying: "The privacy and security of our users' information is of paramount importance to us. We're not going to debate claims from anonymous sources or dated allegations that attempt to characterise Mark's and Facebook's views towards privacy."
The leak and the reaction to it underscores Zuckerberg's current notoriety as internet's favourite whipping boy.
A catalogue of changes
In January, Zuckerberg told an audience that privacy was no longer a "social norm".
"People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people," he said. "That social norm is just something that has evolved over time."
More changes last month set of a wave of protest when Facebook rolled out a series of new features including the ability for third-party websites to incorporate Facebook users' data.
Privacy advocates have panned the changes and taken their complaints to higher government authorities; tech bloggers have been up in arms and there's been a groundswell of support among many Facebook users to delete their accounts.
Well-know tech industry ranter, Jason Calacanis, fired off an email to his subscribers this week, saying he had watched Zuckerberg "screw over his users again and again in terms of privacy".
"Facebook is officially 'out', as in uncool, amongst partners, parents and pundits all coming to the realisation that Zuckerberg and his company are - simply put - not trustworthy," Calacanis writes.
Why the changes?
These most complaints centre on the changes Facebook has made to its default privacy position.
The convention is that websites ask users to opt in to allow their private details to be exposed or shared. Instead, Facebook is requiring users to opt out - meaning they need to explicitly deny Facebook the right to broadcast their private details.
Unlike many other social networking sites, Facebook requires its members to use their real names.
The changes are being pushed through because of commercial reasons. The more private data that is in the open or which is shared with commercial partners, the more lucrative it is for Facebook.
The furore is also reflected in Google search terms, where queries such as "delete facebook account" are gaining popularity.
The latest developments come as new research shows that Facebook has passed Yahoo! to become the top US publisher of display ads on the web for the first time.
Web tracking firm comScore said Facebook delivered 176.3 billion display ads to US users in the first three months of the year, a 16.2 per cent market share, more than double its 7.5 per cent share of a year ago.
Facebook has reportedly called a snap internal meeting on Friday (US time) to discuss the company's overall privacy strategy.
- with agencies
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/facebook-founder-feels-the-heat-as-privacy-backlash-rages-20100514-v38t.html#ixzz2extxqwZk
Facebook bans Gandhi quote as part of revisionist history purge
Thursday, December 27, 2012
By Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) The reports are absolutely true. Facebook suspended the Natural News account earlier today after we posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The quote reads:
"Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446.
This historical quote was apparently too much for Facebook's censors to bear. They suspended our account and gave us a "final warning" that one more violation of their so-called "community guidelines" would result in our account being permanently deactivated.
They then demanded we send them a color copy of a "government issued identification" in order to reactivate our account. Our account was removed from suspension just minutes before InfoWars posted its article on this Facebook censorship, and the Facebook page is now functioning at:
This is a separate account from our primary Facebook account, which has nearly 250,000 followers at:
Logic is an enemy and history is a menace
That Facebook would choose to disable our account after we posted a Gandhi quote is incredibly shocking. The historical rise of oppressed Indian people against tyrannical British rule is apparently no longer allowed to be discussed on Facebook. The very IDEA of a free people overcoming tyrannical government rule now "violates community guidelines." The removal of this content is akin to online book burning and the destruction of history.
This post was not in any way malicious, nor encouraging violence, nor even describing guns or the Second Amendment. It merely reflected the words of one of our world's most celebrated rebel leaders who helped an entire nation throw off the shackles of oppression and British occupation. That Facebook would find this to "violate community guidelines" is nothing short of absolutely bewildering.
Here is the full image as originally posted on Facebook. Keep in mind that THIS is now considered unacceptable speech across the "Facebook community," where any number of people can openly call for the murder of the NRA president and have absolutely no action taken against them:
InfoWars.com is also now reporting that Facebook is running an across-the-board PURGE of pro-gun accounts. A huge number of accounts are all being systematically disabled or suspended, with all content being wiped clean.
We have entered the era of the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell's 1984 novel. And while Facebook assaults the First Amendment in America, Senator Feinstein is busy assaulting the Second.
Facebook declares war on human history
What's especially alarming about all this is that Gandhi himself was of course a champion of resistance against tyranny. To banish quotes from Gandhi is much like banning quotes of freedom from Martin Luther King (who also openly supported concealed firearms, by the way, and who personally owned an entire "arsenal" of firearms).
What's next? Will Facebook ban quotes by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington? Any and all patriots, founding fathers and liberty lovers throughout history might soon be stricken from the Facebook servers, and any who dare to post historical quotes supporting liberty, the Bill of Rights, or the Second Amendment risk having their accounts terminated and all content deleted.
Collectivist propaganda has now reached a point where you can't even discuss liberty or anything out of history that supported the right to keep and bear arms. You are required to stay focused solely on celebrity gossip, sports stars, fashion distractions and tabloid garbage. Anyone who wishes to discuss actual American history must now go underground and speak softly in dimly-lit rooms, behind secret walls and drawn curtains.
The era of total oppression and collectivist mind control has fully arrived in America. This is not hyperbole... IT IS HERE NOW.
Memorize this quote, because it too shall soon be purged from the internet:
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson.
Dare to post that on Facebook and you risk your account being disabled or deleted.
Edelstein calls on Facebook to remove Intifada page
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Israeli Newspaper The Jerusalem Post, 03/23/2011
Social network's owner Zuckerberg asked to shut down group with over 230,000 members calling for "Third Palestinian intifada."
Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein sent a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday asking him to make sure that a page calling for a third Palestinian Intifada be shut down."On this Facebook page there are posted many remarks and movie clips which call for the killing of Israelis and Jews and the "liberating" of Jerusalem and of Palestine through acts of violence," Edelstein's letter to Zuckerberg read.
Nearly 230,000 people have expressed support for the group since it was launched less than a month ago.
The minister of diplomacy and diaspora affairs went on to say "It is important to note that this page's inflammatory calls are supported by over 230,000 "friends" at the time of the writing of this letter."
In a personal plea to the founder of Facebook, Edelstein wrote "I turn to you [Zuckerberg] with the request that you order the immediate removal of this Facebook page." "I am sure that you too hold fast to these values and would prefer that all of the pages on your site operate according to them," the letter continued.
The founders of the Facebook group claim that they got the idea for the page from the recent uprisings throughout the Middle East that led to the ousting of the Tunisian and Egyptian leaders and the fall of their regimes.
Facebook removes '3rd intifada' page
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Israeli Newspaper The Jerusalem Post, 03/29/2011
Facebook removed a page on its social networking site Tuesday that called for a third intifada against Israel, after the site’s monitors said administrators of the page were found to be participating in calls for violence.
The Arabic-language page had attracted over 330,000 fans since it went online and issued a call for a mass march into Israel from neighboring countries.
The decision to take down the page came days after Facebook had refused to remove it, but agreed to monitor the page and remove posts that may incite violence.
“The page, entitled ‘The Third Palestinian Intifada,’ began as a call for peaceful protest, even though it used a term that has been associated with violence in the past,” a Facebook spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
“In addition, the administrators initially removed comments that promoted violence.
However, after the publicity of the page, more comments deteriorated to direct calls for violence. Eventually, the page’s creators also participated in these calls. After administrators of the page received repeated warnings about posts that violated our policies, we removed the page,” he added.
The spokesman went on to emphasize Facebook’s policy to uphold freedom of speech, but said it will not tolerate calls to violence.
“We continue to believe that people on Facebook should be able to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content that speaks out against countries, religions, political entities, or ideas. However, we monitor pages that are reported to us, and when they degrade to direct calls for violence or expressions of hate – as occurred in this case – we have, and will continue to, take them down.”
The decision to remove the page was welcomed by Israel’s Diaspora and Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein, who had sent a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on the matter last week. The Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, also praised the move.
“We applaud Facebook’s willingness to continue to engage and consider this important question, and we deeply appreciate their responsiveness,” Foxman said in a statement.
““By taking this action, Facebook has now recognized an important standard to be applied when evaluating issues of non-compliance with its terms of service involving distinctions between incitement to violence and legitimate calls for collective expressions of opinion and action.”
Foxman added that he hoped Facebook “continues to vigilantly monitor their pages for other groups that call for violence or terrorism against Jews and Israel.”
Since going viral, the page carried posts such as “Prepare: Death comes to you, O raider of this abode.”
Additionally, the page’s administrators posted a quotation of a Hadith (Islamic tradition) that is popular with radical groups, which reads, “The hour [of redemption] does not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and even the stones and trees say, ‘O Muslim, a Jew is behind me, so kill him,’” according to the SITE website, which monitors jihadi Internet activity.
A number of Facebook pages called “Third intifada” could still be found on the network on Tuesday evening, though they had only a small number of fans.
Facebook disables Press TV account
Press TV Website
Mon July 23, 2012
The Facebook social networking service has disabled the account of Iran’s Press TV news network because of what they call technical problems.
Facebook authorities claim the account will be reactivated as soon as the problem is solved.
Meanwhile, users can contribute to latest Press TV stories and reports on a backup page available here.
Facebook on Wednesday revealed that Israel was among the 71 governments that requested information from the social media giant about its users.
In the first six months of 2013, Israel made 113 requests for data on 132 accounts, and Facebook provided at least some data in 50 percent of the cases, according to the company’s first Global Government Request Report. Israel ranked 18th on the list, based on number of requests.
The United States topped the list by significant amounts, requesting information on a total of 20,000-21,000 Facebook users through 11,000- 12,000 requests. Of those requests, Facebook submitted some data 79% of the time. In comparison, the No. 2 requester on the list, India, submitted 3,245 requests, under a third as many as the US.
According to the report, most of the requests related to criminal cases, such as robberies or kidnappings, in which government bodies sought information ranging from name, to IP address logs, to content posted on Facebook.
“The bodies empowered to request data vary from country to country, but I believe in Israel it is the police,” a Facebook spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post. Police could not confirm whether or under what circumstances they had turned to Facebook for information.
Privacy issues have been in the public spotlight since Edward Snowden, a US government contractor, revealed the existence of government snooping programs that collect data on telephone calls, emails, and other Internet communications.
Companies that cooperated with the government in providing data have scrambled to reassure their users.
“We have stringent processes in place to handle all government data requests. We believe this process protects the data of the people who use our service, and requires governments to meet a very high legal bar with each individual request in order to receive any information about any of our users,” Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch wrote in a report.
The fact that many people leave their Facebook privacy settings open can help criminal investigators find data without turning to the company; lists of “dumb criminals who got caught after posting on Facebook” abound on the Internet.
But the company turning over private information is a different matter, one which it says it does under legal obligation.
“We fight many of these requests, pushing back when we find legal deficiencies and narrowing the scope of overly broad or vague requests. When we are required to comply with a particular request, we frequently share only basic user information, such as name,” Stretch wrote.
Though Facebook laid out US laws that compel it to turn over
user information, such as subpoenas in criminal investigations,
it does not detail which laws in Israel apply.
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