7amleh Center on 29th October 2018 released the policy paper “Facebook and Palestinians: Biased or Neutral Content Moderation Policies?”. The paper focuses on Facebook’s discriminatory practices in moderation of Palestinian content against the background of the Israeli governments’ heavy pressure on Facebook.

The policy paper begins with an analysis of Facebook’s content moderation guidelines and practices, in particular in areas in conflict or under occupation, and later focuses on Palestinian content. It continues to analyse the role and impact of public-private partnerships in the removal of content and blocking of pages and accounts and provides an overview over cooperations between the Israeli government and Facebook, which resulted in increased removal of Palestinian content, pages and accounts by Facebook.

This policy brief provides a thorough, yet concise, overview over content moderation by Facebook and its impact on freedom of expression, in particular of Palestinians under Israeli military occupation. It thus highlights the role of Facebook and other social media companies in standing up for human rights of all their customers, rather than pleasing governmental actors and assisting in their attempts at stifling freedom of expression.

This policy brief comes as part of 7amleh’s ongoing efforts to research and publicize internet and social media companies policies towards Palestinians as part of 7amleh’s advocacy for Palestinian digital rights.

Download the policy Paper  Here

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