BuzzFeed revealed – in a report – testimony from Facebook employees accusing the company of bias against Arabs and Muslims, coinciding with the recent Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.
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As proof of his statement, the engineer included a screenshot of the “Gaza Now” page, a verified medium with nearly 4 million followers, and when he liked it, it resulted in a “disheartening” post, under the headline “” Before you like this page, and it’s been written on it, when you like a page, you will see updates to it in (Latest News). You might want to check (Gaza now – Gaza now) to find out what types of content you usually share. “
Al-Jazeera verified it, and when I clicked the Like button on the “Gaza Now” page, this message appeared, as shown in the image below.
“I conducted an experiment and tried to like as many Israeli news pages as possible, and I did not receive a single similar message,” wrote the engineer, noting that the systems of the The company was biased against Arabic content, and he questioned whether all of these examples were the product of “typical bias”.
According to the report, this post raised questions from his colleagues at the company, with one of them mentioning the reason why a warning message was placed on actor Marc’s post. Ravallo in favor of Palestine via Instagram, while others commented on the deliberate ban on advertising campaigns by Islamic organizations.
Another employee said: “I’m afraid we’ve reached a point where the next mistake is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and we can see our communities migrating to other platforms.” p >
According to what has been confirmed by the site, there are around 30 employees who met earlier this month; File internal remedies to restore blocked content on Facebook and Instagram, which has been blocked or deleted inappropriately.
Former company employee Ashraf Zaitoun has revealed that Facebook’s appointment of ex-adviser to former Israeli prime minister Jordana Cutler as public policy officer for the Middle East and North Africa, is one of the reasons Facebook has deliberately banned Palestinians. content.
For its part, a Facebook spokesperson responded – in a statement to BuzzFeed – by saying, “The role of our global public policy team is to help ensure that governments, regulators and civil society understand Facebook’s policies, and in return ensure that At Facebook, we understand the context of the countries in which we work, “noting that the company now has a member of the policy team” who focuses on Palestine and Jordan.