Netanyahu: Facebook caved to 'pressure of the Left' by suspending chatbot over illegal polls

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly accused Facebook of caving to "pressure of the Left" after the platform shut down his chatbot on Tuesday, saying it had broken election rules.

"The chat bot is our way to talk to our supporters," Netanyahu said in a social media video, according to The Jerusalem Post. "They took a five kilo hammer and used it to crush us in the Likud; we are in a difficult struggle."

"I stand to so many pressures; Facebook doesn't stand up to the pressure of the Left," he added. 

Israeli news site Ynet News reported that the chatbot illegally shared polling information in violation of the country's election laws.

"We work with Elections Commissions around the world to help protect the integrity of elections," a Facebook spokesperson told the Jerusalem Post. "Our policies clearly state developers are required to comply with all applicable laws in the country where their app is available. We have restricted this bot for violating local law until the polling stations are closed tonight."

The Hill has reached out to Facebook for comment.

Israel is holding elections Tuesday after Netanyahu was unable to form a ruling coalition following elections in April.