The systematic censorship of Palestinian-related content must end. Access Now, 7amleh, and Fight for the Future — members of the #StopSilencingPalestine and #LetPalestineSpeak coalitions — support the call from the U.S. Congress for transparency and accountability for Meta’s censorship of Palestine-related content.
In a letter addressed to Meta’s chief Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) echoes the alarms raised by over 90 civil society organizations of Meta’s suppression, removal, and mistranslation of Palestine-related content since October 7. Sen. Warren pushes the company to provide transparency on its content moderation actions and to address its discriminatory algorithmic design.
Over the past two months, Access Now and civil society partners have documented Meta’s systematic repression of Palestinian and Palestine-related content online, particularly on Facebook and Instagram. This includes shutting down journalists’ accounts, incorrectly removing content on Gaza, restricting comments and live-streaming, and shadowbanning people for posting about Gaza and Palestine more generally.
Meanwhile, Meta has failed to combat the proliferation of hate speech and calls to violence in its platforms including paid ads, tested by 7amleh, that call for violence and the mass murder of Palestinians. Such negligence is egregious given the company’s past role in exacerbating violence and atrocities perpetrated by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya in 2017.
As rightly noted in the Senator’s letter, “Meta must not make the same mistakes again.” Access Now continues to call on the social media giant to #StopSilencingPalestine and overhaul its discriminatory content moderation policies and actions.