Sep 14, 2021

Israel-Palestinian Facebook posts need 'bias' review

Facebook's Oversight board has recommended an independent review into alleged bias in moderating posts related to Israel and Palestinians. Facebook initially removed the post but later restored it after the user appealed directly to the Oversight board. As part of its investigation, the Oversight board asked Facebook if it had received official or unofficial requests from the Israeli government to remove content related to Israel-Palestinian violence in April and May, which escalated into a conflict between Israel and Gaza.While Facebook said it had not received any official requests, it did not answer whether it had had any unofficial ones. Public comments submitted about the case included allegations that Facebook disproportionately removed or demoted content from Palestinian users and content in Arabic during the conflict. Set up an independent entity not associated with either side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to conduct a thorough examination to determine whether Facebook's content moderation in Arabic and Hebrew, including its use of automation, have been applied without bias.

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