Social media giants Facebook has teamed up with the government of Israel to ban the accounts of Palestinian journalists in a move which is coming on the heels of an agreement over incitement.
Those affected are two editors from two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank whose Facebook accounts were suspended after allegations that their pages may have been censored because of a recent agreement between the US social media giant and the Israeli government aimed at tackling “incitement”.
The account suspensions according to Nisreen al-Khatib, a translator and journalist at the Quds News Network, were triggered by an agreement between Facebook and Israel earlier this month.
Al-Khatib said that even Quds News Network’s non-political vertical that focuses on “entertainment” and “international news” had been suspended, although access was later restored.
“[Sharek-Quds News Agency] does not publish anything that violates Facebook standards or that could annoy governments. But still, we are targeted,” she said.
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