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February 19, 2012 8:07 pm

Facebook Excludes Israel, Includes ‘Palestine’ in Text Message Service

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Times of Israel – Facebook doesn’t care where you live – unless you live in Israel. That’s the impression one might get from the curious absence of the name “Israel” on the only page on the site where you are required to list your location. Unlike residents of places as far-flung and exotic as Yemen, Seychelles, Rwanda, Guyana and Benin, to name just a few – as well as, interestingly, “Palestine” — Israelis cannot sign up to get text messages from their accounts on their cellphones.

This link leads you to Facebook’s Mobile Settings page. When you enter your password for sign-up, you’re presented with a drop-down list of countries. Israel isn’t there. Uganda, Mozambique, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan and Fiji are there, along with Palestine, and some 100 other countries.

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  • Edward H

    Link to full article is broken, but as of 2/21/12 @ 2:55 PM (Eastern Time) Facebook still has yet to add Israel to the list

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