According to BuzzFeed News, Instagram has removed posts and block hashtags about one of Islam’s holiest mosques because its content addition system mistakenly linked the site to a move reserved for a terrorist organization, according to BuzzFeed News. The mistake that can easily get your claim denied is to fail. The latest content from Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, has been criticized by users around the world. This is censored content about Israeli aggression Towards the Palestinians.
The error, which was flagged internally by disgruntled employees on Tuesday, caused Instagram to remove or block posts with the hashtag Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in the Islamic faith. Since Friday, the mosque was Location of collision Among the Israeli police and Palestinians, many of whom went to pray in the last days of Ramadan.
In an attempt to draw attention to the violence, Instagram users have posted videos tagged with the hashtags # الحقصى or # الأقصى of #Alaqsa or its Arabic affiliates, simply to find out if their posts have been removed or hidden from search results. Some notices have shown that Facebook-owned Instagram posts have been removed because they were associated with “violent or dangerous organizations.” Upon learning about the removal of employees and the justification behind them, some filed internal complaints.
In one case, an employee noticed that Instagram had removed an infographic describing al-Aqsa’s situation, as it involved a “violent or terrorist organization.” After the employee filed a complaint, they wrote in an internal post, informing them that the image was taken down on the basis of referring to “Alexa” as a designated entity, “a Facebook word that”Dangerous individuals and organizations”(Content was finally restored after the complaint))
“These two mistakes and many more are completely unacceptable,” a Facebook employee wrote on an internal communications platform on Tuesday, “Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in Islam and a central aspect of the beliefs of about 1.6 billion people.”
The censorship of Facebook posts about al-Aqsa comes at a time of extreme tensions and violence in the region. As far as Six Israelis, including more than a dozen children, have been killed and more than 300 Palestinians have been killed and more than 300 injured since the fighting began last week. From the forcible eviction of Palestinians in the vicinity of East Jerusalem from Sheikh Zararah to the violence in Al-Aqsa – people have used Instagram and Facebook to spread information from the ground – some have reportedly blocked or removed their posts.
For critics and even some employees, the failure to add Facebook’s latest content is evidence of the American company’s lack of understanding and resources in this area and shows how negligent mistakes can have an outsourcing effect even when its products are used by more than 3 billion people worldwide.
Facebook has said before National in the Middle East news Posts with al-Aqsa hashtags were “incorrectly restricted”, but an internal post received on Wednesday by Newsfeed News went further stating that al-Aqsa “is Name of an organization approved by the United States Government“
A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment outside of what was in Wednesday’s internal post.
Last week, Palestinian Instagram users also complained that Instagram stories, or short videos and images, which had been on the platform for up to 24 hours about the conflict, were also being removed. On Friday, the company blamed the bug for a bug in the social network that affected users sharing stories around the world.
These mistakes are reflected in some employees of Facebook. In an post over the weekend, an employee wrote to an insider group that “the external perception is that the FB is silencing timely political speeches and later apologizing.”
“Some of these cases are human review errors and others are automated and I’m not familiar with what I’m familiar with but why decision makers can’t use local skills. [Middle East and North Africa] Use areas like public policy or COMS in their area and consult with them before deciding to remove short hashtags or political content, “she wrote, adding that several users had complained that their Instagram posts had been censored before sharing their screenshots. Noted that Instagram users around the world launched a campaign on the Google Play Store to give Instagram apps a bad rating.
In response, Guy Rosen, vice president of Facebook Integrity, wrote a day later that the company had parties “triage and block as soon as a problem is revealed”.
The effort failed to prevent the continued removal of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where clashes erupted last Friday when Israeli police launched an attack on Palestinians. Who had gathered Muslims to observe the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. On Tuesday, as allegations of content censorship continued with al-Aqsa hashtags, concerned employees reported the removal of a post incorrectly.
Although there is an armed Palestinian coalition in the West Bank known as the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which is considered a terrorist entity by the United States and the European Union, and similarly well-known organizations such as the Al-Aqsa Foundation. The U.S. government considers them part of a support network, The criticized Facebook employee said it was no excuse to censor the hashtags of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
They wrote, “It would be completely unacceptable if the word Washington was mentioned only in a group and posts naming Washington’s troublemakers,” they wrote. “I really want to emphasize that this part of our userbase is already feeling isolated and censored, and with so many issues like this – be they technical or product based – our users will not take advantage of our suspicions.”
On Wednesday, an employee of the company’s dangerous agency and individual policy team wrote in their internal post that the term al-Aqsa (الأقصى) “does not and should not violate our policies”.
They wrote, “Many of you have rightly mentioned, just using the same name as the nominated organization does not make the place and the organization the same,” they wrote. “Our policies do not call for the removal of any person, place or thing that only shares a name with a designated entity – so any removal based on the name of the mosque must be an error of application and has never been our policy.” “
Others were less confident in Facebook’s internal interpretation. Ashraf Zeitoun, who served as Facebook’s chief policy officer for the Middle East and North Africa region from 2014 to mid-2017, noted that the agency had hired some of the world’s top terrorism experts who must distinguish al-Aqsa from al-Aqsa. Martyr Brigades.
“It’s a lame excuse for them to hear a binary word as involved with a terrorist organization,” he said, noting that the organization was involved in formulating policies on how to designate terrorist groups and their content. “They are better qualified and more efficient.”
Zaitun cited internal fears on Facebook of potentially undermining Israeli interests and over-expanding the content as a possible reason for the removal of al-Aqsa videos and images.
In response, a Facebook spokesman told BuzzFeed News that al-Aqsa’s content was limited to human error, not at the request of any government.
Removing and blocking some of Palestine’s content on Facebook has allowed social network employees to talk internally. Expected to be led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg before a regular company meeting on Thursday, some workers began to raise a question that asked, “Our integrity system is failing marginalized groups (see: Palestine, BLM, Indigenous Women). What do we do about it? “
The question is low on the list of top questions, behind at least three separate questions about Facebook policies sitting at home and wondering if Mark Zuckerberg will ever host Live Saturday night, Show this past weekend after a variety of appearances from Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
In another question, one employee asked if Facebook would move its regional office from Tel Aviv, which some Palestinian-American employees would not be able to access due to Israeli sanctions. Note that Human Rights Watch was Has nominated Israel as a racist state, They asked if Facebook would ever reconsider its location in the Israeli city
A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.