Group protests at Facebook headquarters, accuse site of censoring pro-Palestinian posts – NBC Bay Area
A ceasefire has been called between Israel and Hamas, ending nearly two weeks of deadly conflict.
The news comes as dozens of protesters converged on Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park on Thursday, accusing the social media website of censoring their pro-Palestinian posts.
Palestinian flags covered Facebook’s iconic “like” symbol during a rush-hour protest.
Protesters said the social media giant was blocking them from sharing images and stories about their friends and family in Gaza.
“I have seen a lot of my friends’ pages being blocked. They can no longer comment. This has also happened to me,” said Fayeq Oweis, an organizer of Thursday’s protest.
During the protest, Victor Fayadel showed Sergio Quintana at NBC Bay a screenshot of his Facebook profile. It showed that his account was restricted.
A Facebook spokesperson responded to the protest, releasing a statement that read in part: “We know that several issues have impacted people’s ability to share on our apps, including a technical bug that affected stories around the world. ” Facebook adds that these bugs have been fixed.
Thursday’s protest came as President Joe Biden spoke of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. President Biden said his administration has spent the last few days working to defuse tensions.
The United States considers Hamas a terrorist organization and does not communicate with them. Egypt has agreed to negotiate the ceasefire, which is expected to stop the barrage of rockets launched by Hamas, killing at least a dozen Israelis and the devastating air raids that struck Gaza, killing at least 230 Palestinians.
For many in Israel, there is a lot of skepticism. For those who support the Palestinians, the new deal is not the end if the living situation in Gaza does not improve.
“The ceasefire is important at the moment. But it does not stop there. This is not the end. Gaza is under attack, ”said Seema Badar, a resident of Fremont. we need Gaza to be free. ”
Egypt has agreed to send observers to monitor Hamas and Israel’s progress in maintaining the ceasefire.