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Google Denies Reaching Joint Agreement With Israel to Monitor Social Media Incitement

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Footage shows a young Palestinian-Jordanian girl declaring "I want to stab a Jew." Photo: YouTube/MEMRI/Screenshot.

Footage shows a young Palestinian-Jordanian girl declaring “I want to stab a Jew.” Photo: YouTube/MEMRI/Screenshot.

Online giant Google on Monday rejected an Israeli report that it had agreed to monitor YouTube videos inciting to violence against Israelis, French-Israeli i24 News reported.

Google’s comments came in response to an Israeli Foreign Ministry statement released last week informing that Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely had met with Google executives and reached a joint agreement to monitor incendiary online material, including videos posted on YouTube, which is owned by the Internet giant. However, according to Google, no such agreement was made.

A Google spokesperson said the meeting — held between Hotovely, Google senior public policy counselor Juniper Downs and YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki — was just “one of many that we have with policymakers from different countries to explain our policies on controversial content, flagging and removals.”

“The Israeli ministry for foreign affairs has corrected its original announcement which, in error, suggested there had been an agreement with Google to establish a mechanism to monitor online materials,” the spokesperson added.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed that the statement on the ministry’s website had been changed, and assured that Israel is still “extremely grateful for the good relations with Google.”

“Our common objective is to remove dangerous incitement to violence on social media,” he said. “We have full confidence in the Google teams dealing with this removal.”

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    Fighting 2000 years of forced exile as slaves worldwide, Israel’s ingathering of its diaspora, boosted by the victorious Allies and a new, benevolent United Nations, has been subverted by the 1,400 year Muslim march to rule the Earth by Shariah Law under a Muslim caliphate.

    Such a long absence from political power has left democratic Israel with such a smorgasbord of factions, its multitude of political parties became inevitable. Surrounded as they are by a family of blood-libeled, ignorant bullies, who for a thousand years have agreed on little beside hatred of Jews, effective national defense has made Left/Right coalitions a Fact of Life, if not a Law of Rule.

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  • Jo Neace Krause

    Does anyone believe that Google will remove Netanyahu’s dangerous incitements against the president of Syria. To remove this democratically elected Assad from his rightful position has become an obsession with the Israelis and with their American patsies, when all Assad and his loyal army has done is fight the invaders off , So, again I ask, what has Syria done to our own country that we must support this petty war of aggression against them? Is it a dangerous incitement to ask what is it we want from the Syrians except their land. their liberty, their freedom?

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      Different Strokes for Different Folks!

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  • marlene

    YouTube has flagged and removed plenty of videos for less offense and for no offense. Does Google own everything on the internet? BTW, after attempting to flag a video recently, I posted on YouTube and received some of the most foul, anti-semitic and hateful replies imaginable, including several like “LOL – you can’t remove these videos – live with it Jew @$$^&*.” I’m afraid the premature announcement and the efforts many of us made to have these horrible, threatening videos removed has backfired. Therefore, it’s more important than ever that something be done about them. The government has criminalized everything, that is barely offensive at all, as hate speech, with which I disagree with entirely. But there should be something in place for videos that call for death and destruction as well – such as warnings to the video makers and a warning before the video starts or whatever.

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      Before Socialization, Victimization and Political Correctness invaded Public Education, every American street kid knew “Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones, But Names Will Never Hurt Me. You Can Call Me This Or Call Me That! But Call Yourself A Dumb Oak Rat!”

      Then “Public Service Announcements” invaded Television. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Shirley Temple invaded Living Rooms to Addict Americans to Mindless TV!

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