Facebook sanctions Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu over hate speech violation

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Facebook has sanctioned the page of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of a violation of the company’s hate speech policy.

Facebook said the social network had suspended for 24 hours the page’s bot, or automated chat function.

The page had called on voters to prevent the establishment of a government composed of “Arabs who want to destroy us all — women, children and men”.

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The Facebook logo displayed on a smartphone (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The post sparked uproar by opposition politicians.

Netanyahu denied he wrote the post in an interview with Kan Reshet Bet radio.

He said it was a staffer’s mistake and the post was removed.

Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival ahead of elections next week and has been shoring up nationalist voters with strong language and hardline promises.

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