Facebook employees demand to end censorship of pro-Palestine posts
About 200 employees of Facebook company have filed a petition on their internal forum against censorship of posts in favour of Palestine or its people.
After a large number of people complained on different social media platforms regarding stifling of the pro-Palestine voice on Facebook following Israel’s bombardment in Gaza, the employees wrote a letter asking the company’s executives to take measures to stop removal or suppression of the posts related to Palestine.
Employees wrote that pro-Palestinian content was constantly being taken out of reach of users, with users feeling that Facebook was suppressing their voice, which is in violation of the company’s policy on freedom of expression.
The social media giant was lately bashed for removing Palestinian’s posts without any explanation.
The residents of Palestine use social media platforms a lot to share the ongoing events and information.
In an interview with The Verge, a Facebook’s spokesman said the company was auditing the situation.
“We know there were several issues that impacted people’s ability to share on our apps. While we fixed them, they should never have happened in the first place and we’re sorry to anyone who felt they couldn’t bring attention to important events, or who believed this was a deliberate suppression of their voice.
“We design our policies to give everyone a voice while keeping them safe on our apps and we apply them equally, regardless of who is posting or what their personal beliefs are,” he said.
On the other hand, the employees have demanded to hold a third-party audit to check enforcement of actions around posts related to Arabs and Muslims.