Facebook blocks personal accounts of Palestinian martyrs

Ramallah (QNN) – The popular blue social platform of Facebook continues to comply with the Israeli occupation government by blocking the personal accounts of Palestinian martyrs.

Facebook has recently followed a new policy of permanently blocking the personal accounts of Palestinian martyrs and freedom fighters, despite the fact that these accounts don’t violate Facebook’s community standards.

The Facebook accounts are most likely to be blocked one or two days after IOF kills the Palestinian user.

The last account to be blocked by Facebook administration was Omar Abu Leila’s, the 19-year-old Palestinian who was executed by IOF on Tuesday night in Ramallah.

Palestinian critics say this policy is another proof of Facebook’s compliance with the Israeli occupation government’s demands.

Facebook has been subjected to pressures by the Israeli occupation government to delete Palestinian content, block Palestinian accounts or pages, or suspend publishing on accounts or pages that promote the Palestinian narrative.

During the last two years, Facebook blocked tens of accounts for Palestinian activists on the ground that they constituted “incitement.”

A study in 2018 showed a significant rise in incitement and racism in the Israeli content on Facebook compared to 2017.

The study, conducted by “Hamlah” Center for the Development of Social Media, stated that the inciting Israeli content against Arabs and Palestinians on Facebook has been increasing since passing the “Nation State Law.”

One inciting Israeli post was published every 66 seconds in 2018, according to the report. While in the year 2017, the interval was 71 seconds.

Nearly 474,300 Israeli posts insulted and encouraged violence against the Palestinian people in 2018, compared to almost 445 thousand posts in 2017, the report added.

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