Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Facebook is removing posts in favor of Hamas

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Meta is the parent company of Facebook Instagram and Thread

Meta, the parent company of social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and Thread, is removing posts praising or supporting the Palestinian independence group Hamas. The company said the move was taken to curb misinformation about the war on its platform.

Meta, the parent company of recent social media platforms, gave this information in a statement.

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The European Union recently criticized tech companies after accusing social media platforms of not doing enough to control “misinformation” following the start of the Israel-Hamas war. Soon after, Facebook’s parent company Meta announced the removal of Hamas-related posts.

According to news agency Reuters, since Hamas launched an attack on Israel on October 7, “misleading information and altered images” have been widely spread on various social media platforms, including Facebook.

Meta said more than 795,000 pieces of content had been removed or marked as ‘disturbing’ from its platforms in the three days since the conflict began. These contents were mainly written in Arabic or Hebrew.

Meta is also removing posts about Israelis being held hostage by Hamas. Facebook’s parent company even said that even if posts were made to condemn or raise awareness of the hostage situation, they are being removed.

Posts with blurred pictures of the victims are still on the platforms. But the safety and privacy of the abductees will be prioritized, Meta said.

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