FB shuts down page of local-based Palestinian outfit

Palestinian Cultural Organisation Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia-based Palestinian Cultural Organisation Malaysia (PCOM), has claimed that their Facebook page was shut down without any notice or warning.

According to its media director, Belal Samir, the administrators of the social networking site also did not offer any explanation.

“We have contacted Facebook several times and the answers say they will investigate and review the reason for the page being removed, yet there has been no explanation or action for three months.

“We also delivered a request for a meeting with Facebook in Malaysia last Monday, but we haven’t heard from them,” he told FMT when contacted.

Belal said that the PCOM Facebook page featured activities organised by the group and had shared the latest updates on the on-goings in Palestine.

“Facebook sadly continues to expose its platform against the right to freedom of expression and opinion by deleting several pages and accounts of Palestinians and supporters.”

The shutting down of the PCOM Facebook is similar to action taken against the personal Facebook accounts of several editors and executives at two major Palestinian news publications.

Facebook has since apologised for disabling the accounts, explaining that the accounts was mistakenly suspended following allegations it had violated the site’s community standards.

The news publications believe the incident is related to Israel’s recent push to combat online incitement to violence.

Like Belal, the editors, according to reports, were given no explanation for the suspensions.
The Israeli government had previously claimed that online incitement has driven a wave of Palestinian street attacks over the past year.