7amleh welcomes Facebook’s decision to conduct an independent investigation …
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7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media hailed Facebook’s latest and surprising decision, yesterday Thursday, October 14, to implement the recommendations of the Facebook Oversight Board and conduct an independent review of content moderation policies in Arabic and Hebrew and considers this an important step in the right direction. The move follows repeated demands by 7amleh and a large number of local, regional and international human rights organizations, coalitions and networks, that Facebook ensure a transparent and fair policy regarding Palestinian content. .
The May uprising earlier this year sparked increased pressure against Facebook to end its discriminatory policy against Palestinians and supporters of Palestinian rights, amid various acts of systematic censorship of Palestinians and human rights advocates. Palestinian rights have continued to be monitored over the years, in response to continued digital violations by the Israeli government and other parties.
7amleh stressed the importance of appointing independent professionals with training in human rights in general and digital rights in particular and called on Facebook to commit to implementing the review’s recommendations.
The center sees the decisions and recommendations of the Supervisory Board as positive and serious steps in the right direction, which will help ensure that Facebook moderates content in a safe, fair and equitable manner. We hope that Facebook seriously considers these recommendations and implements them immediately.
7amleh also calls on Facebook to accept and commit to abide by the remaining recommendations of the Supervisory Board, including specifying criteria for “dangerous individuals and organizations” or parties whose content is automatically removed from the platform, as well that by disclosing any cooperation with governments and responses to government requests for removal of content, in addition to translating content moderation policies into all languages ââand making them more accessible.
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