Video of laptop screen falls foul of social media giant’s ‘standards’
Social media giant Facebook has blocked access to this morning’s Skwawkbox post highlighting the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) video that claimed to show a ‘Hamas laptop’ but in reality appears to show an IDF laptop, with Hebrew keyboard and standardised marker number. The video was subsequently deleted and replaced with one that had the laptop details blurred out.
Shortly after a link to the article was posted to Facebook, a warning appeared on the Skwawkbox Facebook page warning the page admin that access to the article had been blocked for everyone but the admin – supposedly for content breaching ‘Community Standards on nudity or sexual activity‘:
Facebook has also placed a 24-hour restriction on Skwawkbox’s use of the platform:
Skwawkbox has appealed the block and restriction, but the ‘review’ by the platform will undoubtedly take far longer than it took to block the post from public view. It’s possible that the site’s bots were triggered by the word ‘unblurred’, but if so they are shockingly unsophisticated, for one of the world’s richest companies, to block a post that has literally no sexual content or reference to anything that might be sexual – and just happened to block access to a post showing deception by the Israeli military in its attempt to justify its campaign of bombing hospitals and schools that has killed thousands of Palestinian women and children.
Update: Facebook eventually restored the post.
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