Meta said it would remove content praising and supporting Hamas from its social media platforms. Metta’s move comes after the European Union criticized and warned that social media companies are not doing enough to stop the spread of false information. Meta is the parent company of platforms like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Following the attack launched by Hamas on Israel on October 7, misleading news and images started circulating on Facebook and other social media platforms. Three days after Hamas’ attack, Meta said 795,000 pieces of content in Hebrew and Arabic had been removed and restricted.
Content identifying the faces of Hamas hostages will be removed. Even those shared with the intention of condemning the actions of Hamas will be removed. Face-obscured pictures of hostages are allowed. However, the security and privacy of the abductees is paramount.
Following the attack on Israel, many Israeli citizens were smuggled into Gaza and held hostage by Hamas. Hamas is threatening by sharing their videos. Meta also states that such content and copies thereof will be removed immediately.
Although Hamas is banned from Meta platforms, Hamas-related social and political debate is allowed. It will include news, human rights issues and academic topics.
The European Commission has warned that illegal and harmful content must be removed under the Digital Services Act. Failure to do so will result in heavy fines.
At the same time, X.com has asked the European Commission to provide more information about violations of the law on its platform. According to this, the commission has started an investigation against X.