A number of Palestinian journalists revealed that their whatsApp accounts got blocked on Friday.
17 journalists in Gaza confirmed their WhatsApp accounts had been blocked since Friday.
However, on Monday, whats-app accounts of only four journalists of Al Jazeera were restored.
According to a journalist, Al-Dahdouh, his whatsapp got inaccessible on Friday before it was restored on Monday.
“journalists joins Hamas groups only to get information needed to do journalistic work” said Al-Dahdouh.
One of al-Dahdouh’s colleague termed the blockage unfair as no violation of the app rules were committed.
Moreover, he has also received warnings from Facebook that his account might get deleted as he has violated the terms and conditions.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said the company bans accounts to comply with its policies “to prevent harm as well as applicable law”.
The company said it has been in touch with media outlets over the last week about its practices. “We will reinstate journalists if any were impacted,” the company said.