Pro-Palestinian activists quit star exam en masse
Pro-Palestinian activists claim that Facebook is censoring their posts – and downgrading the social network’s app store ratings by leaving reviews with one star in droves.
According to a CNBC report, pro-Palestinian activists are succeeding in a campaign to destroy Facebook’s ratings in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store through âthousandsâ of one-star reviews.
On Monday morning, Facebook had a 2.4 out of 5-star rating on the Google Play Store, down from 4.1 a month ago, according to an archived version of the site. On the Apple App Store, Facebook’s rating fell to 2.3 stars from 2.7 stars during the same period.
Critical sections of both app stores contain comments condemning the company for allegedly discriminating against pro-Palestinian posts and accounts.
âFacebook shouldn’t try to lower its voice,â said Hamad Rajput, Pakistani Twitter user, who has helped lead the online campaign. “We raise and sing the voices to raise awareness for a good cause.”
Go to #Facebook app on Android and Apple stores and rate it 1 star for censorship #Palestinian + constant cover to silence us. It works, it’s down to 2.7 stars now, hopefully soon to 1 star. #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #PalestinianLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/krJUd8fk0E
– Omar Ghraiebðµð¸ (@Omar_Gaza) May 18, 2021
Facebook takes activists seriously, categorizing campaign as serious threat, says NBC.
âUser confidence is drastically declining with the recent escalations between Israel and Palestine,â a senior software engineer said in an internal message. âUsers feel like they are censored, have limited distribution, and are silenced indefinitely. As a result, our users started to protest leaving 1 star reviews. “
The campaign comes as part of an ongoing ceasefire agreement that Israel and Hamas negotiated on Friday.