Facebook’s decision to disable the accounts of Palestinian newspaper editors was met with alarm by civil rights and journalism groups, who mobilized an online campaign using the hashtag #FBCensorsPalestine.
“Administrators for the Facebook pages of Quds, which has more than five million “likes,” and Shehab News Agency, which has more than six million, found they could not access their accounts on Friday,” Electronic Intifada reported.
The online campaign called for halting use of Facebook for two hours and using #FBCensorsPalestine on Twitter. It circulated a flipped image of the network’s logo in an attempt to represent the dire working context Palestinian journalists and reporters face because of Israeli practices.
The campaign gathered a lot of momentum, trending in several Arab countries, and drawing support from journalists and civil society organizations across the world. Many expressed concern that Facebook’s cozy relationship with the Israeli government might threaten their own freedom of expression, whether by hindering their work or invading their privacy.
— Dr. Ramy Abdu (@RamAbdu) September 24, 2016
I thought Fb is the space of freedom, I was terribly wrong #FBCensorsPalestine
— وَطَنْ (@watany1974) September 24, 2016
— Electronic Intifada (@intifada) September 24, 2016
— Hammam Elmasri (@HammamQ) September 23, 2016
حذفتوا فلسطين من خرائط جوجل والان من الفيسبوك لكن مهما لعبتم بالمحتوى الالكتروني فلسطين باقية على الارض وشعبها صامد #FBCensorsPalestine
— Dina • دينا (@DinaTaweel) September 24, 2016