Jerusalem24 – Palestinian activists and journalists have launched a campaign called “Facebook Censors Jerusalem” to raise awareness about Meta’s alleged efforts to censor Palestinian content on its flagship social media platform Facebook, according to a press release on Wednesday by Sada Social, a non-profit focusing on the digital rights of Palestinians.
The campaign comes after a wave of allegations against Meta, which is believed to have restricted or blocked pages that belonged to Palestinian journalists, activists and people on its social media platforms.
Designs created by SADA social and distributed across social media platforms as part of their campaign, Facebook Censors Jerusalem.
The lion’s share of the accusations came in May, after threatened expulsions in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, the storming by Israeli soldiers of al-Aqsa Mosque, an 11-day offensive in Gaza, and intercommunal violence in Palestinian-majority cities in Israel.
The campaign has created the hashtag #FBCensorsJerusalem to support Palestinians who have been restricted on social media platforms. It is also denouncing Meta’s “double standards policy” when it comes to Palestinian and Israeli content.
“While Meta is escalating its crackdown on the Palestinian narrative under flimsy pretexts, it does not lift a finger about the Israeli incitement, which calls for the killing and apprehension of Palestinians, especially after the recent incident at the Chain Gate in occupied Jerusalem,” read the campaign’s statement.
Meta has been accused of censoring the experiences of Palestinians and their narrative both on Facebook and Instagram.
In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, we talk to Layla Samara, of SADA Social about the campaign and Facebook’s censorship of Palestinian content.