“Arabs want to annihilate us all — women, children and men.” That was the post that prompted the social media giant to suspend the official account of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. Facebook announced that access to the account will be denied for 24 hours since the post violated its hate speech policy. Netanyahu denied writing or approving the post, calling it a mistake from a staffer.
Why does it matter? While Netanyahu swears the post was unauthorized, he continues to use nationalist rhetoric and fearmongering to pander to his conservative base ahead of the next election.