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Israel weighs legal steps to limit Facebook's 'negative impact'

A panel of experts convened by communications minister may propose the first and most advanced move to regulate the social media platform and force to reveal its algorithms, hold it liable for content posted

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Updated: 10.12.21, 07:59
Israel will explore solutions to limit the negative impact of social media platforms, primarily Facebook, said a report on Monday.
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  • According to Channel 12, a panel of experts will be selected by Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel, and will look at potential options to stem the influence of social networks.
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    The panel is set to force Facebook to reveal details of the company’s algorithm and the site’s censorship policies, the report added.
    Some potential regulations detailed in the report include holding platforms legally accountable for harmful content posted on their sites.
    The possible restrictions could see Israeli legislation - first for the largely unregulated industry if imposed.
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    Social media platforms have come under increased scrutiny following a European Union review of the sites, as well as revelations detailed by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen.
    Haugen testified before the United States Congress on Facebook’s potential for harm, and later discussed her experience with EU officials.
    On Thursday, the EU detailed findings revealing Facebook and YouTube removed less reported hate speech content in 2021 compared to 2020’s numbers.
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    The EU is also examining the potential for future regulations on social media networks, and is currently developing its Digital Services Act legislation.
    The Digital Services Act would grant the EU the ability to impose fines on social media platforms for permitting illegal material.

    First published: 07:43, 10.12.21
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