Facebook COO ignores Palestinian complaints of censorship, pledges $2.5 mill to Israel advocacy group

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook. (photo: wiki commons)
The Israeli government & the ADL, which advocates for Israel, help Facebook executives decide which content to censor and perhaps it’s no coincidence that Palestinians’ Facebook pages are increasingly being removed.

By Alison Weir | If Americans Knew | Oct 30, 2019

While some American organizations that work on the Palestinian issue have largely been able to function on Facebook with relatively small difficulties (including the one I work for), the story for Palestinians living in the occupied Territories has been markedly different.

While Facebook is in the midst of a controversy in which Palestinian journalists are complaining that the company has a different standard for Palestinians than for Israelis, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, publicly pledged $2.5 million to an organization that advocates for Israel.

This action was in line with Sandberg’s life history of connection to Israel. And it coincided with Facebook’s pattern of a double standard for Palestinians vs. Israelis.

While some American organizations that work on the Palestinian issue have largely been able to function on Facebook with relatively small difficulties (including the one I work for), the story for Palestinians living in the occupied Territories has been markedly different.

As we will see, for years there has been evidence that the company discriminates against Palestinian users, arbitrarily closing their pages, taking down their content, and suppressing their information.

This is particularly significant because in today’s world, mega social media companies like Facebook have taken on profound importance.

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