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Twitter campaign against Facebook for targeting Palestinian journalists

September 26, 2016 at 11:01 am

Palestinian and pro-Palestine activists and journalists around the globe started an anti-Facebook Twitter campaign on Sunday morning, in protest against the social media giant’s cooperation with Israel against Palestinians. The Twitter “storm”, which lasted two hours, included Quds Press, Electronic Intifada, Shehab news agency, QudsNet and others.

Participants used the hashtag #FBCensorsPalestine and achieved more than 300 million impressions.

In a statement, the campaign organisers said that they are protesting against an agreement between the Israeli authorities and Facebook administration, based on which Facebook has disabled and will continue to disable several Palestinian pages and personal accounts. “Our campaign is ongoing until we realise our aims and ensure enjoyment of our right to freedom of opinion and expression of our just cause.”

Quds Press Chief Editor Mohamed Mansour commented on his agency’s participation, saying: “Taking part in such campaign is a kind pf support for freedom of speech and freedom of imparting one’s opinion.”

The organisers of the campaign said that Facebook’s administration had apologised for the secret agreement with Israel and described it as a “mistake”, but insisted that they will continue their campaign until they achieve their goals.