Human Rights Watch accuses Meta of systematic censorship of Palestine

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Published: 2024-01-01 15:23

Last Updated: 2024-04-13 21:29


Human Rights Watch accuses Meta of systematic censorship of Palestine
Human Rights Watch accuses Meta of systematic censorship of Palestine

In its latest findings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has leveled accusations against Meta, the parent company overseeing Instagram and Facebook, asserting a systematic effort to censor content related to Palestine across their social media platforms, according to Middle East Eye.

Outlined in a comprehensive 51-page report titled "Meta’s Broken Promises: Systemic Censorship of Palestine Content on Instagram and Facebook," HRW sheds light on a consistent trend of unjustified content removal and suppression of protected speech. This includes peaceful expressions supporting Palestine and discussions surrounding Palestinian human rights.

Released on Thursday, HRW's report spotlights Meta's censorship practices, deemed detrimental to the principles of free speech and hindering public discourse on Palestinian matters.

The report underscores the troubling nature of this censorship, especially given the ongoing challenges faced by Palestinians and the limited platforms available for them to share their experiences and perspectives.

Deborah Brown, the acting associate technology and human rights director at HRW, underscores the importance of social media as a vital space for documenting and condemning human rights abuses.

She condemns Meta's censorship, asserting that it compounds the silencing of Palestinian voices and exacerbates the difficulties faced by Palestinians during a period marked by heightened atrocities and repression.