It is no secret that internet users are protesting what they describe as "unprecedented censorship" when it comes to sharing pro-Palestinian content in the last several weeks, in the wake of the latest escalations between Palestinians and Israel.
So @YouTube is censoring @AlJazeera labeling their livestream as "sensitive content" on a crack down about any coverage showing #Palestinian news. #SaveSheikhJarrahh #GazaUnderAttack #Gaza #PalestinianLivesMatter— Omar Ghraieb🇵🇸 (@Omar_Gaza) May 18, 2021
Days after Palestinian online users voiced out their concerns that Facebook and Instagram are banning people who share content advocating the Palestinian stance in internet conversations, users have reported that Google-owned YouTube has restricted the live streaming of the Qatar-based Aljazeera news channel, flagging it as "inappropriate for some users."
Online people have repeatedly argued that Silicon Valley's internet giants are trying to stop the influx of pro-Palestinian posts and tweets across social media amid the mounting conflict in Gaza and the West Bank which was triggered by tensions in Jerusalem during the month of Ramadan.
Israel has begun deliberately targeting the international press in Gaza, flattening the offices of @AP and @AlJazeera as the IDF continues to pummel the impoverished Palestinian enclave.— BreakThrough News (@BTnewsroom) May 15, 2021
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🔗: https://t.co/2LBgbord53#GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/wB7SztRw0o
Latest example of social media platforms censoring content.— Biesan Abu-Kwaik بيسان أبو كويك (@BiesanAK) May 18, 2021
I got this message trying to open @AJArabic’s live streaming on @YouTube.
1st time this happens.
Aljazeera has had nonstop coverage of Gaza & Palestinian Territories the past 9 days. #JournalismIsNotACrime
However, the growing criticism of social media platforms' 'censorship' of news has reached its peak as viewers of Aljazeera's Arabic channel saw the YouTube's restriction message, accusing Israel of "pressuring social media companies to push their own narrative."
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