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Jerusalem - Israeli MK Proposes Law That Would Ban Rumor-Mongering On Social Media And Internet Tools Like "Whatsapp"

Published on: December 7, 2015 10:20 AM
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Jerusalem - Following a string of incidents in which reports of injury or the death of terror attack victims have appeared courtesy of the social media rumor mill without the benefit of official notification, MK Nissan Slomiansky has proposed a new law that would make spreading uncorroborated rumors on social media a crime.

ISRAELNATIONALNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1NdgAT5) reports that MK Slomiansky, who serves as chairman of the Knesset of Constitutional and Law Committee, proposed the law due to the pain and suffering victims and their families have been experiencing when information is prematurely—-and sometimes erroneously—-leaked through social media.

While officials agree that private chat rooms available on tools like “Whatsapp” have merit in allowing professional groups to share information, they say the negative consequences of gossip mongering must cease.

One example stems from the recent terror attack when the family of Reuven Aviram, who was killed when an attacker stormed a makeshift synagogue, learned of his death through a video making the rounds on social media.

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 10:29 AM Curiosity Says:

Wow! If that's not a gateway for unlawful imprisonment and a classic example of stifling free speech, then I don't know what is! But clearly, the Israeli government has no problem imprisoning Israeli Jews for months without formal charges anyway...

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 12:09 PM IamYid Says:

Good LucK! Only the most cruel oppressive regimes such as Cuba, China and North Korea are (partially!) successful in suppressing internet and social media content. Israel, where everybody has a cousin in another country? Just give up and concentrate on something more productive.

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 01:12 PM anonymous Says:

#1 Again and again Israel has proven to be a continuation of the USSR Communist party with by the KGB police crushing freedom of speech.

#2 Will Pravda, Israel's left media constantly making up lies, gossip mongering and rumors against Jews in every which way and calling innocent Jews terrorist be included in this new law? Or is it only those who are against the left and the corrupt court whom they're after?

#3 How will the Israeli court enforce such a law when rumor mongers are not Israelis and do not live in Israel? No big deal to have others out of Israel doing the job on social media.

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