Instagram has removed posts and blocked hashtags for one of the most sacred Islamic mosques because its accounting system incorrectly linked the site with the company’s name for terrorist organizations, according to staff links within BuzzFeed News. The problem is the recent failure of Instagram and its Facebook company, which has been criticized by users around the world for and the findings of the wrath of Israel heading to Palestine.
The scandal, which was put in the middle of a riot on Tuesday, prompted Instagram to remove or suspend the post and hashtags of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third most sacred place in Islam. Since Friday, the mosque has been place of violence between Israeli and Palestinian police, many of whom visited the area to pray during the last days of Ramadan.
In an effort to curb violence, Instagram users posted videos posted with the hashtag #AlAqsa or their Arabic counterparts # الاقصى or # الأقصى, but found that their posts were deleted or hidden on search results. Some of the information showed that Instagram, which belongs to Facebook, removed the posts because they were linked to “violence or terrorist organizations.” When the workers heard about their dismissal and justification, some complained inside.
At one point, an employee noticed that Instagram had deleted an infographic detailing the incident at Al-Aqsa, in connection with a “violent or terrorist group” incident. After the employee filed a complaint, wrote a post inside, was informed that the image had been removed “based on” alaqsa “which is a designated organization,” Facebook word meaning “dangerous people and organizations. ”(Subsequent findings were refunded following the complaint.)
“All of these errors and many more are unacceptable,” a Facebook post wrote on social media platform Tuesday. “Al-Aqsa is the third most holy place in Islam and is the most important religious faith for about 1.8 billion people.”
Facebook’s search for Al-Aqsa posts takes place at a time of crisis and violence in the region. In the meantime 53 Palestinians, including more than a dozen children, and six Israelis have been killed, and more than 300 people have been injured since the war last week. As people have used Instagram and Facebook to spread information from the ground up – from the expulsion of Palestinians from East Jerusalem around Sheikh Jarrah to the violence in Al-Aqsa – some have found that their posts have been blocked or deleted.
For critics and even other employees, the recent failure of Facebook is a testament to the American company’s misunderstanding of the region, and shows how careless mistakes can result when its products are used by more than 3 billion people around the world.
Facebook has already been told Middle East News in National posts containing Al-Aqsa hashtags were “banned,” but BuzzFeed News’s post on Wednesday went on, and I see that his posts have been removed because Al-Aqsa “is still the name of an organization approved by the United States Government. “
A Facebook spokesman declined to comment beyond what was written Wednesday.
Last week, Palestinian Instagram users also complained that Instagram stories, or 24-hour videos and photos on the platform, of the dispute were being removed. On Friday, the company said the bug was a virus on social media that affects users sharing information around the world.
These errors have led to speculation among some Facebook employees. Writing over the weekend, one employee wrote in a public statement that “external views are that FB is temporarily suppressing political views and apologizing later.”
“Some of these are flawed in public scrutiny and some are spontaneous and I don’t know what is the most common reason why decision makers can’t use local expertise. [Middle East and North Africa] areas like Public Policy or Comms I consult with you before making a decision to remove hashtags or political content, ”he wrote, before sharing photos of various users complaining that his Instagram posts were censored. He also said that Instagram users around the world have launched a campaign to give bad votes to Instagram apps in the Google Play store.
In response, Facebook’s vice-president of integrity, Guy Rosen, wrote the next day that the company has groups “that try and prevent any problems when they come.”
The effort, however, did not prevent the continued removal of the contents of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where clashes erupted last Friday when Israeli police seized Palestinian civilians. who gathered keeping on the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Complaints about the retention of Al-Aqsa hashtags continued on Tuesday, when the employee allegedly deleted the post recently.
Where there is a Palestinian arms deal in the West Bank known as the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades known as terrorists by the United States and the European Union, and other organizations known as the Al-Aqsa Foundation is considered part of the US government-sponsored program, a critical Facebook employee said this was not a reason to fight Al-Aqsa hashtags.
“If it were a group called Washington that caused the problems and the documents that just mentioned that Washington was being removed would not be acceptable,” he wrote. “I would like to say that our user section feels like it has already been filled and reviewed and when we have a lot of stuff like this – be it creatively or commercially – users won’t give us a chance to doubt it.”
On Wednesday, an employee of a dangerous corporate and private company wrote on their page that the statement Al-Aqsa (الأقصى) “should not violate our laws.”
“As many of you have rightly said, simply using the same name as the chosen organization does not make the place and the organization the same,” he wrote. “Our policies do not require the removal of individuals, places or objects that only share the name of a designated organization – so any removal by simply naming a mosque is a serious misconduct and should not take place under our policies.”
Some have not really relied on Facebook’s internal profile. Ashraf Zeitoon, who was Facebook’s leader in the Middle East and North Africa from 2014 to mid-2017, said the company had recruited world-renowned terrorist experts who could differentiate Al-Aqsa from Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ organizations.
“For them, to go and recognize one of the two terms associated with a terrorist group is a good reason,” he said, noting that he was involved in drafting a statement on how the company selected terrorist groups and the findings. “They are more qualified and more qualified than these.”
Zeitoon also spoke of fears within Facebook of offending Israeli interests and explained the reasons for the removal of Al-Aqsa movies and photos.
In response, a Facebook spokesman told BuzzFeed News that the content of Al-Aqsa was banned because of human error, not because of government inquiries.
The removal of Facebook and the banning of Palestinian content has led users of social networking sites to speak internally. Ahead of Thursday’s company meeting expected to be chaired by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, some staff members began to answer a question that asked, “Our justices are failing the marginalized groups (see: Palestine, BLM, Traditional Women). What can we do about it?”
The question is on the list of top queries, behind at least three questions on Facebook homework ideas and wondering if Mark Zuckerberg will be welcomed Saturday Night Live, following the appearance of Tesla CEO Elon Musk at various shows last week.
In another question, an employee asked whether Facebook would relocate its regional office from Tel Aviv, which would not be available to some of the American Palestinian workers due to a ban in Israel. Realizing that Human Rights Watch had it chose Israel as a nation of violence, asked if Facebook would reconsider its location in Israel.
A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.