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  1. Today, when someone opens a new WordPress blog, they can write anything they want, even horrible libel stuff against helpless social workers, who earn minimum wages, and can’t afford lawyers.
    This WordPress blog cannot be taken down unless the US company (“Automattic”) will get an Israeli court order, which takes a lot of money and a lot of time.
    After the blog is taken down, the libel writer can open a NEW blog, and write the same stuff again. In this case, you still have to get the lawyer to get the court to issue another request. This can go on forever.
    The fact is, that WordPress enables libel speech very easily, without the ability to punish the libel person. In some cases, it is impossible to locate the identity of the blog account owner.
    With all due respect for free speech, the current system simply doesn’t work. When it’s so easy to tarnish people’s names, this is the reasons why some countries resort to aggressive Internet policies.

    1. @ Ariel: You mean are their vain foreign leaders & greedy oligarchs who jump at the least offense? Sure there are. But that doesn’t mean a U.S. company has to ask “how high” when they say: “Jump.” Unfortunately, many do. And it’s especially troubling when a country like Israel neglects to understand bedrock democratic principles like free speech, even when that speech is objectionable or offensive.

  2. So, if requested, Google takes down “holocaust denial” remarks because it violates Israeli laws? If this is so, does it mean the comments are also “taken down” for all non-Israeli IP’s?? That would be a ridiculous infringement of free speech in the US, for one. ??

      1. I just think that nobody should face jail for questioning holocaust research. If that is not relevant here, fine by me. Why should Americans be deprived remarks just because such talk is illegal under Israeli law? It’s hard to believe that remarks are “taken down” everywhere because of Israeli law. I am asking the question: Is this so?

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