בנימין נתניהו ויואב גלנט ביקור קופת חולים כללית ירושלים
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a vaccination center in Jerusalem
Photo: Emil Salman
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a vaccination center in Jerusalem

Facebook blocks Netanyahu chatbot, citing privacy violation

Social media giant takes down messenger bot after it posts that PM wants phone numbers and IDs of unvaccinated Israelis over 60 'in order to convince them' ; Likud spokesperson says PM only wanted to urge people to receive vaccine

Reuters |
Updated: 01.25.21 , 20:51
Facebook said on Monday it removed a post and suspended a messenger bot from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's page, after it posted that he wanted phone numbers to call and convince people to get COVID-19 vaccinations.
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  • Netanyahu on Thursday posted a video on Twitter encouraging senior citizens to get vaccinated and ended with the line: "If you know someone who is nervous about getting vaccinated, send me their name and phone number, maybe they'll get a surprise phone call from me and I'll convince them."
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    בנימין נתניהו ויואב גלנט ביקור קופת חולים כללית ירושלים
    בנימין נתניהו ויואב גלנט ביקור קופת חולים כללית ירושלים
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a vaccination center in Jerusalem
    (Photo: Emil Salman)
    The Facebook bot posted a similar line to the prime minister's page, which was later removed by Facebook over privacy concerns. The video was still up on Twitter.
    "Under our privacy policy we do not allow content that shares or asks for people's medical information," said a Facebook spokeswoman. "We have removed the offending post and temporarily suspended the messenger bot, which shared this content, for breaking these rules."
    Netanyahu’s Likud party responded that "The goal was to encourage Israelis over the age of 60 to get vaccinated to save their lives, after Prime Minister Netanyahu brought vaccines to every Israeli citizen. We call on everyone to get vaccinated so that we can open up the economy and be the first in the world to emerge from the coronavirus."


    First published: 20:48 , 01.25.21
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