Facebook deletes a post by Benjamin Netanyahu

Facebook deleted a post and an invitation to the “Messenger” chat program, on the page of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, due to “privacy” concerns.

The Israeli newspaper “Jerusalem Post” said, on Tuesday, that the step taken by “Facebook”, came after Netanyahu asked his followers for the names and phone numbers of citizens over the age of 60 who did not receive Coronavirus vaccines.

On Thursday, Netanyahu posted on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, calls for citizens over the age of 60 to receive the vaccination.

To date, data from the Israeli Ministry of Health indicate that more than two and a half million Israelis have received the first dose of the vaccine.

But Netanyahu’s call for his followers to provide him with the names and phone numbers of citizens over the age of 60 who did not receive coronavirus vaccines, prompted Facebook to take this step.

The newspaper quoted the administration of “Facebook” as saying in a statement, “According to our privacy policy, we do not allow content that shares or requests medical information for people”.

“We have removed the offending post and paused the conversation, which shared this content, for violating these rules,” the site’s management added.

In response, the Likud party, led by the Israeli Prime Minister, said in a statement, “Netanyahu is very interested in the vaccination awareness campaign and was only trying to help and possibly persuade people over the age of 60 who are still hesitant to get the vaccine”.