Israeli PR Chief Denies Removing Facebook Posts Critical of His Client

'There isn't even a grain of truth to these charges,' writes Shalom Tel Aviv founder Zamir Dahbash on his Facebook page.

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Zamir Dahbash, founder of the public relations firm representing Facebook in Israel, has rejected allegations of making posts critical of the social media giant disappear from its website.

In a post on Tuesday on his Facebook page, Dahbash wrote that "there isn't even a grain of truth" to the charges.

"These are claims that are baseless and without any probability," wrote Dahbash, the founder of PR firm Shalom Tel Aviv. "Not only do I oppose any restrictions on freedom of expression, I also lack the authority or technical capability to do so. I am sorry if I'm disappointing the readers' conspiracy theories."

Facebook had said it was investigating reports about the disappearance of posts, which shared an exposé from the Israeli website Mizbala about documents from the monitoring systems of Dahbash's firm. The system tracks internet references to the local protest against Israel's banking sector.

Shalom Tel Aviv's clients include Facebook, Bank Hapoalim and the Israel Association of Banks.

The posts went missing after lengthy and complex interactions between the leaders of that protest and social media, as well as with Google, which prevented the Mizbala website from appearing in searches.

The Mizbala story had been shared some 7,100 times before the posts disappeared.