Israel Election 2019: Facebook Removes Fake Accounts Encouraging Arabs Not to Vote

Oded Yaron
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A post by user who has been deleted from Facebook, promoting boycott of Israeli election.
A post by user who has been deleted from Facebook, promoting boycott of Israeli election. Credit: Democratic Bloc
Oded Yaron
Oded Yaron

Facebook removed dozens of accounts is suspected were fake, which acted to uppress voter turnout among Israel's Arab population. (For the latest election polls – click here)

According to an investigation by Democratic Bloc, an organization monitoring anti-democratic trends in Israel, the suspected profiles promoted an election boycott, and more than 82 such accounts were taken down after they were found to be fake.

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The fictitious profiles that were removed, Democratic Bloc noted, have nothing to do with existing movements in Israel that actively act to promote election boycott among Israel's Arab voters.

According to a statement by the organization, the accounts are suspected of "actively commenting on pages that encourage voting or to posts discussing the election, in order to undermine Israeli-Arab politicians and their parliamentary work."

The statement added that such comments were often backed by other suspected fake accounts, and were marked and promoted by Facebook's algorithm as "Top Fans."

Facebook confirmed that it deleted profiles that it found to be undoubtedly fake.

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