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Facebook sanctions Netanyahu over alleged hate speech against Arabs

The Facebook page of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been sanctioned because of an alleged violation of the company’s hate speech policy. The social network said on Thursday it had suspended the page’s bot, or automated chat function, for 24 hours.

Netanyahu’s page had warned voters against voting for a government composed of “Arabs who want to destroy us all — women, children and men.” The Prime Minister denied writing the post, claiming it was a staffer’s mistake. The post was heavily criticised by opposition politicians.

Netanyahu’s re-election is not at all certain next week, and critics say his online campaign has shifted to making alarmist appeals to undecided voters.

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