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