Palestinians to Boycott Facebook over Censorship

A poster in Arabic calling for boycotting Facebook over censorship campaign. (Photo: via EI)

Palestinian social media activists have launched a campaign to boycott Facebook over what they describe as a systematic campaign by Facebook to censor Palestinian content on the network.

Palestinian activists called on Palestinians and their supporters to refrain from logging into the website and posting on it from 5-8 GMT today.

Activists have used the hashtag #FBCensorsPalestine to post about the censorship and have accused Facebook of siding with the Israeli occupation against Palestinians. Some Facebook users changed their profile pictures to an upside down Facebook logo to reflect their protest.

A Spokesperson of Facebook has apologized for suspending accounts of the editors of Al-Quds News Network, which is followed by more than five million users, and Shehab News agency, which is followed by more than six million users, as reported by the Electronic Intifada.

“The pages were removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Electronic Intifada. “Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong. We’re very sorry about this mistake.”

(Translation: When Facebook feels threatened that millions of Arab users will stop using it, it will withdraw its censorship decisions)

Facebook has reportedly signed an agreement with the Israeli government to censor Palestinian content after sending a delegation to Israel earlier this month.

Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked,threatened to take legal action against Facebook and other social media platforms if these websites do not delete Palestinian content.

(PC, EI)

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  1. Facebook should never have been considered as a useful social media, because it is owned by an unreliable group. There are alternatives. For instance Diaspora, which has a distributed structure and is not owned by anyone or any group.
    Lets all start using Diaspora next to Facebook: Create an account, copy your best Facebook articles to there, meet your friends there and switch all to diaspora whenever there is another act of Facebook-censorship.
    A Facebook-boycott for just one day doesn’t make sense, in my opinion.

  2. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that Facebook is a supporter of Israeli Apartheid and should be condemned.Facebook is the enemy of all Palestinians and should be boycotted for this.The President of Facebook is a Zionist so that is reason enough to condemn Facebook

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