Facebook employees are circulating an internal petition asking the company to investigate content editing systems that have led many Palestinians to say their voices are being censored, according to the company. mentioned Financial Times.
The news comes weeks after Israeli air strikes killed more than 200 people in Gaza, including at least 63 children.
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Palestinian activists and allies have long accused social media companies of censoring pro-Palestinian content. The issue has worsened during the recent conflict.
Content moderation decisions on Facebook are made by third-party contractors and algorithmsThis process is problematic, especially in non-English speaking countries.
After Instagram 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.
“Our users and our community feel that we are falling short of our promise to protect open expression about the situation in Palestine,” Facebook employees wrote in the petition.
They cited clarifications on the matter in the press and from members of Congress, as well as noting the low rating of Facebook apps in the app stores.
“We believe that Facebook can and must do more to understand its users and work to rebuild their trust,” they added.
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Facebook employees are angry.
The message was posted via an internal forum by employees of groups called “Palestinians” and “Muslims.” She has 174 signatures.
The employees are asking Facebook to conduct an external audit of content modification decisions related to Arabic and Islamic content.
They also want to review a publication by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeling Palestinian civilians as terrorists by the company’s independent oversight board.
Last month, employees at Google, Apple and Amazon wrote internal letters calling on executives to support Palestine.
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Employees at all three tech giants said they felt that CEOs were not supportive of Muslim workers.
In addition, some also wanted Google and Amazon to review A contract worth $1.2 billion For cloud computing, the two companies recently signed it with the Israeli government.
A Facebook spokesperson said the company has committed to reviewing the Community Standards Enforcement Report.
“We know there are many issues that affected people’s ability to participate through our apps,” he added. This should not have happened. We apologize to anyone who felt unable to draw attention to important events. We apologize to those who think this was a deliberate suppression of their voices.
According to the spokesperson, the company designs its policies to give everyone a say while maintaining safety in its applications. These policies apply equally, regardless of who is posting or what their personal beliefs are.
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