Facebook is suspending a business account of a former Israeli army officer in Israel because it is linked to a criminal investigation of a prominent politician, the company said on Friday.
The account, named ‘Yotam’, was created on May 14 and has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into a fraud case against the former army officer, a Facebook spokesman said.
Facebook said the account, which is connected to a crime probe, “violated its terms of service and could result in a significant and prolonged ban.”
Facebook is currently investigating the case of MK Orit Shaked, who was arrested on April 3 on charges of fraud after a company-sponsored event where he was filmed boasting about his personal wealth.
Shaked is a member of a political party in the ruling Labor party and served as the army chief of staff from 2009 to 2012.
His wife, Shira Shaked Orenstein, is the chairwoman of Labor’s national security committee.
Facebook’s decision to suspend the account comes two days after Shaked was granted bail.
Facebook said it is “working with the authorities to fully understand the issue.”
In its statement, Facebook said the company has “taken swift action to remove the account and will cooperate with them as they investigate the matter.”
“We believe it’s important that we do everything we can to help anyone who may have been affected by the account or is worried about it,” Facebook said.
“The account has not been linked to any wrongdoing.
It was created to help someone with an important public interest, not to violate privacy.”
Facebook has already shut down accounts linked to several political figures in the US and other countries following the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, including those who voted for his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The social media giant is also in the process of shutting down accounts that are linked to pro-Palestinian groups and the Islamic State group.