Israeli Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel met with leaders of major online companies and lawmakers in New York and Washington to discuss support for social media regulation, Globes reported.
His meetings last week with senior executives from Facebook, Google, Cisco, Netflix and other companies came as part of Hendel’s preparations to launch a committee in Israel that will focus on the same issue.
During his meeting with U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Media and Broadband, he discussed the need for cooperation between regulators to effectively regulate the social networks.
He also met with Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan and UN Secretary General António Guterres. The Israeli minister agreed that Israel will work with a UN committee that will examine the need to regulate social media, as well as incitement and fake news.
Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar recently announced the creation of a new law and technology committee that will also cover social media incitement. Hendel’s committee, which will report to Sa’ar’s committee, will focus on social media transparency and accountability, such as establishing customer service centers.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who leads the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security, will appear before Hendel’s committee.
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