Should social media platforms be weighing in on who they do or don’t support in conflicts around the globe? Whether you think they should or shouldn’t doesn’t really matter, because Big Tech companies like Facebook are going to do whatever they want, and they’ll say they’re doing it in the best interests of its users — which clearly isn’t the case most times.
Facebook weighed in again this week as it reportedly shut down the pro-Israel page for the “Jerusalem Prayer Team (JPT),” which had “more than 75 million followers,” according to CBN News.
However, leaders of the group are saying that the removal of the page came as the result of a concerted effort by “radical Islamists.”
“There was an organized attempt by radical Islamic organizations to achieve this objective,” author and “Middle East expert” Mike Evans said. “They posted over a million comments on our site and then had the people contact Facebook saying that they never posted to the site. That was a complete scam and fraud. It was a very clever, deceptive plan by Islamic radicals.”
CBN News reported the following about the alleged radical Islamic attacks that got the JPT page taken down:
First was a direct campaign to take the page down. Many posts on Facebook and YouTube directed people on how to go in and report the JPT Facebook page to Facebook and how to pressure Facebook for allowing the JPT page to exist on their platform.
The second attack came as a disinformation campaign that Facebook created the JPT Page during the current conflict and is forcing people to like it even when they don’t.
Is this a case in which Facebook is choosing sides, or was this just Facebook once again kowtowing to a coordinated effort by activists to stop speech they don’t agree with? Whatever the case may be, the JPT page on Facebook is no longer — at least for now.
H/T: Daily Mail