Outrage Follows As Facebook Agrees To Censor Multiple Activist Accounts.


The AntiMedia.org     Posted Tues., Sept.27, 2016

In a controversial move, the Israeli government and Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to determine how to tackle incitement on social media, aimed primarily at Palestinians.

Not long after Facebook’s agreement, several Palestinian pages with millions of readers found themselves closed and administrators locked out, in a move believed to be directly connected to the agreement between Facebook and the Israeli government.

By last Friday, however, Palestinian journalists and activists said they had had enough and announced a temporary boycott of Facebook, protesting what they call Facebook’s complicity in Israeli censorship and putting up an upside down Facebook sign as their profile photo.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (pic below left) is the main figure behind the controversy. Earlier this month, she boasted that the social network had been overwhelmingly happy to comply with Israeli demands.

israels-female-minister“Over the past four months, Israel submitted 158 requests to Facebook” and Facebook had accepted 95 percent of those cases, said Shaked, who is best known outside Israel for her infamous comments against a Palestinian state.

It is believed that over the years, Facebook and Twitter have deleted thousands of posts, pages and accounts in response to demands from the Israeli ministry of justice.

In a few hours, #FBcensorsPalestine had garnered over 300 million impressions, with users rejecting both the closure of pro-Palestine pages, and the latest collaboration between Facebook and the Israeli government.

Twitter users were quick to highlight the irony in Facebook choosing to work with Israel’s Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, who had previously used Facebook as a platform to call for the killing of Palestinians and the double standards employed in silencing one narrative.

A day after the first call went out, and a whole day before the campaign was supposed to officially start on Sunday, Facebook apologised for disabling the Palestinian journalists’ accounts.

A spokesperson told the Electronic Intifada: “The pages were removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate.” But campaigners would not be silenced.

Following the apology, many reiterated their demands for Facebook to immediately withdraw from the agreement, to publish the agreement and its provisions publicly, to share the mechanisms of implementation required by the agreement, and more importantly, to highlight the conditions that allow Facebook to enter into dialogue with governments that seek to curtail expression.

Source:  http://theantimedia.org/facebook-closes-activist-accounts/

About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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