Journalist and consultant in digital platforms Ahmed Al-Sheikh said that the best solution to put pressure on social media to change their approach to dealing with Palestinian content is to organize efforts and use the same rules that Israel and other countries use to deal with those who oppose them.
In an interview on Al Jazeera Mubasher, Sheikh added that there is a current crisis within Facebook, led by employees who are angry at Facebook’s policy of deleting pro-Palestinian publications or critical of the Indian government, and accuse the company of acquiescing to the Israeli and Indian governments.
“Therefore, since Facebook acquiesces to some governments, there is an opportunity for it to acquiesce also in favor of the Arabs and the Palestinians,” he added.
On how to deliver the Arabic novel to the largest number of users, he said, “One of the good initiatives that I have observed, for example: the crowd on one hashtag on all platforms, and this tag comes to the fore, and the leading tags are followed by companies, governments, journalists and the whole world daily.”
He added, “We can also coordinate efforts, as the Israelis do not work randomly or individually, and just as they present one message or one formula and mobilize behind it, they also mobilize in the reports when the Arabs publish certain materials, and there are Israeli electronic armies that work on submitting communications only and thus deleting the content.” .
He added, “There are some erroneous practices that Arabs do, such as copying and pasting, which occurs on many pages, and this is what Facebook classifies as spam, and therefore deletes the post and bans the accounts.”
And he added, “There is also the idea of interaction on Israeli accounts, and this is a mistake, and whoever does this should stop.”
Regarding giving a negative evaluation to the social media sites that ban Palestinian content, he said that this is considered a political influence that shows the owners of these platforms, managers and investors, that there is a mistake that should be addressed, and this led to a review of positions in general and apologies, “therefore we should increase such pressures and play In the playground of social networks with their rules.”
Delegate of Israel in Facebook
On how to make a decision within the communication networks regarding content, he said, “There are announced policies that any user can undertake, which is that Facebook prohibits hate speech, incitement to violence, racism and fake news.”
He added, “As for the undeclared policies, they are those that were recently talked about by media sources, especially the Intercept website, which revealed policies recently circulated to Facebook employees prohibiting the use of some words that criticize Israel, leaving its implementation to the so-called artificial intelligence techniques in addition to some inexperienced employees as well as The website described them.
And he continued, “There is a mechanism for developing and producing Facebook’s policies, and there is one of the senior leaders responsible for this matter, the American Jewish Sherrill Sandberg, who had visited Israel in 2019 and met the Israeli president and presented him with a book she wrote and said she was happy with this meeting.”
And he added, “Sandberg is also responsible for the Facebook office in Israel and was a former official in Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, and she is proud of this and announces it and says that she is not the representative of Facebook in Israel, but rather the representative of Israel in Facebook, and she had a major role in deleting posts critical of Israel during the past weeks.”