The Ministry of Justice published a draft bill on the removal of criminal content from the web. The declared objective of the bill, which has already been attributed the nickname “Facebook Law”, is to provide enhanced legal measures for dealing with unlawful speech that raises a significant risk to the safety of an individual or the public, or to national security, by removing or limiting the access to it.

According to the draft bill, the state can file a motion with the district court, in its designation as the Court of Administrative Affairs, seeking an injunction ordering website operators (including those stored on servers outside Israel) to remove unlawful content that raises a significant risk to the safety of an individual or the public, or to national security. This mechanism would be different from existing legislation, which is directed against the publisher of the content and aims to penalize the person who published the unlawful content. Another first-of-a-kind provision in the draft bill is the authority granted to courts to issues an injunction against search engines, ordering them to remove search result linking to unlawful content.

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