Facebook's rating dropped from 4.0 to 2.6. on Google Play Store after people boycotted the world's most popular social media site for flagging and deleting posts protesting against Israeli military aggression against Palestinians.
The Facebook app now has a rating of 2.5 on the Google Play store and a 2.4 rating on Apple’s App store.
Many users took to their social media handles to protest against the flagging of their posts and urged others to rate the app 1 star to keep the rating going down.
Since it is an electronic war, and Facebook app is deleting and hiding Palestine posts and promotes the Israel Terrorist state posts.— Salma🦹🏻♀️ (@ChillingSam_) May 17, 2021
Facebook had an evaluation of 4.5 stars before the last #SheikhJarrah incident and now it is 2.6!keep rating 1 star to fall. pic.twitter.com/JcFDKaEaZQ
Instagram is censoring my account as well as deleting posts and accounts spreading information and ground updates in Palestine. Tiktok and Facebook r doing the same. Twitter has yet to see Palestinian ethnic cleansing as a trending topic. SCREAM LOUDER THEY ARE SCARED TO HEAR US!— RANEEM🇵🇸 (@raneemabdel) May 17, 2021
Facebook is deleting posts talking about Israel's crims in Palestine and block accounts that express their opinion, so people rate this application with one star— Hamydh hasana (@hasanhamydh) May 16, 2021
Fuck Mark Zuckerberg pic.twitter.com/2WFbFbJdX1
One user shared a screen recording of showing how his Palestine-related posts and hashtags keep getting deleted from the platform.
Shame on all the social media platforms!!— Free Palestine (@FreePal68308265) May 16, 2021
I stand with Palestine and people WILL know the truth despite the fact that #twitter #instagram #Facebook
Keep deleting and Palestine related posts, hashtags and even accounts.#ShameOnYou pic.twitter.com/Slajfk8uw3
Last week, BuzzFeed News reported that Facebook-owned Instagram had mistakenly removed content about al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem where Israeli security police clashed with worshippers.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation also reported that Instagram and Twitter had blamed glitches for the deletion of posts mentioning the possible eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.
Facebook has banned Hamas from its platform and removes content praising the group regarded by Israel, the United States, and the European Union as a terrorist group.
Palestinian ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot recently met with Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, to voice his concerns over the censorship of Palestinian posts and accounts, while on the contrary letting content related Israeli suppression run across their platforms, reports TRT World.
In response to this, the social media platform set up a 24-7 "special operations center" to respond to content posted on its platform about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid violence in the region, the company said.
"This operations center allows us to closely monitor the situation so we can remove content that violates our community standards faster, while also addressing possible errors in enforcement," Monika Bickert, Facebook's vice president of content policy, told reporters on a conference call.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Jewish extremists had formed new groups on WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned encrypted messaging service, for the purpose of committing violence against Palestinians.