Facebook threatens to block QNN for using the term “Hezbollah”

Ramallah (QNN)- Facebook has threatened to block the page of Quds News Network and stop its work on Facebook for publishing news stories about the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

The threat came through a notice sent to QNN page on Facebook and its admin as part of an anti-Palestinian campaign, particularly heated by the network’s coverage of the recent tensions on the Lebanese border with occupied Palestine, during which the network used of the term “Hezbollah” repeatedly.

The network has been targeted by an incitement campaign amid attempts to remove its page on Facebook, and several of its admins had their personal accounts deleted while some of the network’s posts were removed or temporarily blocked.

Commenting on the campaign, QNN said it will continue to perform its media mission and use all the available tools to deliver the voice of Palestine to all parts of the world despite the crackdown and hate campaign it has been facing.

QNN considered these threat messages as a clear bias on the side of Facebook targeting the Palestinian media and aimed at pleasing the Israeli occupation, which seeks to distort the current realities in Palestine.

“The recent threats are only a prelude to stricter measures which may include the deletion or blocking of Palestinian and Arab pages, away from the freedom of opinion and professionalism claimed by Facebook.”

Quds News Network was launched in 2011 as the first Palestinian news community on the social networking site, aimed at spreading the full picture of Palestine. It is one of the largest news pages in Palestine, with over than 6.6 million followers.

Sada Social Center, which specializes in monitoring social media violations of the Palestinian content, has monitored more than 200 violations against Palestinian content since the beginning of this year.

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