Facebook decides whether Palestinian editors can publish — or not

Facebook is deciding how the media should do its job again, even though CEO Mark Zuckerberg has insisted it’s “not a media company.” This time, two Palestinian news organizations say one of their Facebook pages, and the personal accounts of seven editors and executives, were suspended, al Jazeera reported. This prevented them from accessing their organizations’ Facebook pages, which collectively have 11 million “likes.”

The news organizations allege that the suspensions were the result of an agreement Facebook struck with Israel earlier this month to monitor incitement to violence on the platform. Facebook says it was a mistake with the way it handles accounts that have been flagged for review.

❝ Facebook reinstated the accounts over the weekend (Sept. 24) and apologized…Blah, blah, blah.

I think it was a warning on behalf of the Netanyahu government.

I contributed – a while back – to a Facebook site that averages 5 million hits a week – that was periodically shutdown, blocked or otherwise had access limited because it was critical of Israel’s apartheid policies. None of this surprises me.

❝ The system has caused outrage before, as was the case recently in Norway, when it removed posts with a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph — the “napalm girl” of the Vietnam war — because it depicted a child’s nude form. Facebook reversed its position after Norway’s prime minister got involved.

Corporate politics, today, ain’t especially different from the class history of corporate politics. The reach is global, focused or broad in effect. Only the industries and sophistication have changed. Or not.

3 thoughts on “Facebook decides whether Palestinian editors can publish — or not

  1. keaneo says:

    “Overcompensating” might mean something in a nation with something approaching civil rights for all. That ain’t even close in Israel.

  2. Clear and present danger says:

    “After Facebook “censors” anti-Muslim posts, hate groups sue US gov’t” http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/10/after-facebook-censors-anti-muslim-posts-hate-groups-sue-us-govt/ Last week, lawyers representing the Department of Justice have asked a federal judge in Washington, DC, to throw out the lawsuit. Why? Because the government said that the plaintiff (“American Freedom Defense Initiative”) has no standing to sue, as the United States has no control over what Facebook or any other company does.

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