Facebook employees are circulating an internal petition asking the company to investigate content-modification systems that have led many Palestinians and allies to say their voices are being censored. Palestinian activists and allies have long accused social media companies of censoring pro-Palestinian content, the issue has exacerbated during the recent conflict. Instagram has restricted a hashtag referring to Al-Aqsa Mosque, pro-Palestinian activists orchestrated a campaign to leave one-star ratings for Facebook in the App Store.
Facebook employees seem to notice, as employees, the press, and members of Congress have made clear, and as evidenced by the app store’s low rating, employees wrote in the petition, “Our users and our community at large feel we are falling short on our promise to protect open expression about the situation in Palestine and we believe that Facebook can and should Do more to explain to users and work to rebuild their trust.
The message was posted on an internal forum by employees of groups called "Palestinians@" and "Muslims@", said to have 174 signatures.
A Facebook spokesperson is saying that the company has committed to reviewing the Community Standards Enforcement Report. We know there were several issues that affected people’s ability to participate in our apps. While we fixed them, they shouldn’t have happened in the first place and we apologize to anyone who feels they can’t draw attention to important events, or who thinks That this was a deliberate suppression of their voices, we design our policies to give everyone a say while keeping them safe in our apps and apply them equally, regardless of who is posting or what their personal beliefs are.