Facebook has recently been subjected to widespread criticism from several sides due to the apparent bias in a number of its platforms, especially the social networking platform dedicated to photos and videos, Instagram, after the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip during the past weeks, which prompted the company to review its position.
The sources indicate that a group of Facebook employees protested that the content supporting the Palestinians on the Facebook platform was not visible enough, and it appears to be a clear bias to the other side, and these employees said that much of the Palestinian content related to the aggression against the Palestinians has been blocked by the company’s algorithms. On Instagram, especially regarding Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the same sources indicate that employees do not believe that the censorship practiced was deliberate, but indicated that moderation is widely biased against any marginalized groups.
And according to The Verge, Instagram usually shows original content in its stories before re-posting the content, but it will now begin to give equal weight to both. The change is not only in response to concerns about pro-Palestinian content, but the company has recognized that the way the app works — and it posts that it thinks its users care about most — leads people to believe that Instagram is suppressing certain views or topics. It is not the case.” This applies to any post that is re-shared in Stories, regardless of its topic.”
Instagram is not the only one that has been accused of bias against the Palestinians during the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip and Al-Aqsa Mosque, but other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been accused, and the accusations center around hiding and deleting Palestinian content and banning users.