Instagram and Twitter blame ‘glitch’ for deleting posts regarding Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Aqsa Mosque

This came as a long-running legal case over the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah has fuelled tensions in Jerusalem and its nearby regions.

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(Arab News)

Instagram and Twitter have blamed technical errors for deleting posts mentioning the possible expulsion of Palestinians from an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

Nevertheless, rights groups say this was due to “discriminatory” algorithms at work and want greater transparency.

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Palestinians living in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah (الشيخ جراح) – an area claimed illegally by Jewish settlers – have taken to social media to protest as they face state-sanctioned violence and illegal expulsion from their homes.

However, some found their posts, photos, or videos removed or their accounts blocked starting last week.

This came as a long-running legal case over the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah has fuelled tensions in Jerusalem and its nearby regions.

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By Monday, 7amleh, a non-profit organization focused on social media, had received more than 200 complaints about deleted posts and suspended accounts associated with Sheikh Jarrah.

“On Instagram, it was primarily content takedown; even archives from older stories were deleted.

On Twitter, most cases were an account suspension,” said Mona Shtaya, an advocacy adviser at 7amleh.

Al Jazeera English on Twitter: "Palestinians criticise social media companies for censoring Sheikh Jarrah content and shutting down their personal accounts. Read more ➡ https://t.co/QOukG1whSa… https://t.co/eGGSPjc327"

Instagram and Twitter said the accounts were “suspended in error by our computerized systems,” and the issue had been resolved and content reinstated.

Instagram said in a statement that an automatic update last week caused content reshared by many users to appear as missing, affecting posts on Sheikh Jarrah, Colombia, and indigenous communities in the United States and Canada.

“We’re so sorry this happened. Especially to those in East Jerusalem, Colombia, and Indigenous communities who felt this was a deliberate suppression of their voices and their stories – that was not our intention whatsoever,” Instagram said.

Do you feel social media giants are deliberately silencing Palestinian voices? What are your views on this?  Share with us in the comments below.

  • Even youtube is very active in deleting/hiding people’s comments about Israel. This is not a coincidence.


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