Facebook has removed the social media account of the renowned Al-Jazeera journalist Tamer Al-Mashal just two days after he published his new investigation on Meta’s excessive restriction of Palestinian content.
Al-Mishal, the presenter of the “Tip of the Iceberg” programme, woke up this morning to find his page no longer existed when searching for it, without a final blocking notification or restrictions on specific posts.
Not only that, Facebook’s digital censorship has also affected Al-Jazeera’s official account in Palestine. Al-Jazeera Palestine published early this morning a post reporting that it has been restricted and banned from freely publishing by Facebook’s parent company Meta on the background of mentioning Al-Jazeera’s new investigation “The Closed Space”. The account requested its followers to catch the news on an alternative Twitter account, accordingly.
Two days ago, Al Jazeera aired an investigative documentary revealing Facebook’s collaboration with Israeli intelligence agencies to crack down on the Arab and Palestinian content.
The documentary showcased shocking confessions by the former director of the Israeli Cyber Unit, Eric Barbing, who exposed the high-level cooperation between ‘Israel’ and Facebook, which goes beyond just removing posts, restricting or deleting accounts, to further keeping some posts that serve Israel’s intelligence purposes.
Shockingly, this has been done under the eyes of Meta’s supervisory board which is fully aware of Facebook and Instagram’s implementation of excessive rules on Arabic and Palestinian content.
Sada Social Center said it documented over 45 violations against Palestinian digital content only in August 2023, most of which were against the accounts of journalists and news outlets.