Soon after people boycotted the world’s most popular social media site for flagging and deleting posts protesting against Israeli military aggression against Palestinians, Facebook’s rating dropped from 4.0 to 2.6. on Google Play Store
Now, the Facebook app has a rating of 2.5 on the Google Play store and a 2.4 rating on Apple’s App Store.
The social media users initiated a campaign while using their social media handles to protest against the flagging of their posts and urged others to rate the app 1 star to keep the rating going down.
Many users shared the screen recording showing how their Palestine-related posts and hashtags keep getting deleted from the platform.
Recently, BuzzFeed News and Thomson Reuters Foundation shared reports that the Facebook-owned Instagram ‘mistakenly’ removed content about al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem where Israeli security police clashed with worshippers.
It also reported that Instagram and Twitter had blamed glitches for the deletion of posts mentioning the possible eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.
Hamas has been banned by Facebook and the platform keeps removing the content and mentions of Israel, the United States, and the European Union as a terrorist group.
As per TRT World reports, Palestinian ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot recently met with Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, to voice his concerns over the censorship of Palestinian posts and accounts, while on the contrary letting content related Israeli suppression run across their platforms.
In response, Facebook set up a 24-7 “special operations center” to respond to content posted on its platform about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid violence in the region, the company said.
“This operations center allows us to closely monitor the situation so we can remove content that violates our community standards faster, while also addressing possible errors in enforcement.”Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of content policy, told reporters on a conference call.