Israel Files 14,600 Requests to Remove Malicious Social Media Content Since October 7th

This includes incitement to violence, incitement to terror, praise for acts of terror, and content associated with terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad

Israel Files 14,600 Requests to Remove Malicious Social Media Content Since October 7th

The Cyber Department of the State Attorney's Office has identified and addressed over 21,000 pieces of malicious content, including pages and accounts on social networks, since the outbreak of Israel’s war against Hamas five weeks ago.

This content disseminates incitement to violence, incitement to terror, praise for acts of terror, and content associated with terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

This includes posts glorifying acts of terror and displaying degrading or humiliating images of casualties, injured individuals, and hostages kidnapped from the Israeli communities near Gaza that were attacked on October 7th.

The Cyber Department has submitted over 14,600 requests for content removal. Over 91% of the requested content, primarily from Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, has been successfully taken down.

In order to succeed in this task, the State Attorney’s office has been working closely with the IDF, Shin Bet, the National Cyber Directorate, and the Israel Police.

In addition to the aforementioned activity, the Cyber Department has requested the removal of hashtags associated with the Hamas terror organization. Hashtags attached to dozens of pro-Hamas videos, which garnered hundreds of millions of views, have been removed.

A request was also made to TikTok for the removal of several videos featuring praise songs for Hamas, celebrating the widespread terror attack on October 7. These songs were used as the soundtrack for several thousand videos on TikTok, and TikTok removed these videos.

This activity supplements the prosecution's efforts to address the criminal realm where individuals explicitly or implicitly express support for the enemy and their criminal acts against the citizens of the country. Since the beginning of the war, the prosecution has filed over 60 related indictments.

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