After shutting down the official page of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction this week, Facebook not only reinstated it several hours later, but “apologized for the mistake,” the Saudi-owned pan Arab news outlet Al Arabiya reported, a day before arguments in a billion-dollar suit against the social media giant were being heard in the Brooklyn District Court.
According to the report, a Facebook spokesperson stated: “The page was removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate…”
One source involved in complaints to the social media platform told The Algemeiner that though the page indeed is up and running again, “It’s doubtful that Facebook apologized. Facebook doesn’t apologize.”
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The post that sparked the removal of the page was a photo of the late PLO chief Yasser Arafat holding a weapon and standing next to current Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul. However, Itamar Marcus — founder and president of the Jerusalem-based research organization Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) — told The Algemeiner, “PMW has documented and reported on hundreds of examples of explicit hate and terror-promotion on the official Fatah Facebook page, including more than 130 posts in 2016 alone glorifying terrorists and their attacks. We have presented this evidence in the US Congress and parliaments around the world, including on Tuesday in the EU, and there is total agreement that this site has been operating like that of a terror organization.”
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