Represented by major London law firm… Palestinian media institution warn to escalate complaint against Facebook

September 14, 2018: A smartphone in hand displaying the censored text. Logo of the Facebook blurred on background. The concept of censorship on popular social networks

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Several Palestinian media institutions warned to escalate a complaint to Facebook’s oversight board and the United Nations Special Rapporteur if the social media giant does not review its decision to close their pages.

In a letter by leading London law firm Bindmans LLP, Sada Social, Al-Hadath Newspaper PalToday News Agency, Metras, Mumen Jameel Muhammed Meqdad and Ultra Palestine asked Facebook to “review its decision and explain why the accounts were closed, suspended or posts taken down, and whether in doing so an algorithm or human discretion was used.”

The letter added that Sada Social intends to escalate the complaint to Facebook’s oversight board and the United Nations Special Rapporteur if the decisions are not properly reviewed or explained.

The complaint stated that “Facebook has breached their fundamental right to freedom of expression and Facebook’s own Corporate Human Rights Policy.”

Sada Social has documented hundreds of instances of Facebook’s censorship of social media content which supports the rights of Palestinians. They are currently investigating 159 Palestinian related Facebook accounts, which appear to have been censored without good reason.

Tow days before Facebook’s most recent crackdown on pro-Palestine content, The Israeli minister of war Benny Gantz, met with Facebook executives to make representations to limit pro-Palestinian content on Facebook as well as other social media sites.

(Source / 21.05.2021)

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