Malaysian Communications Minister Fahmi Fazal warned – yesterday, Thursday – that he may take firm action if the social media companies “Meta” and “Tik Tok” continue to ban pro-Palestinian content on their platforms, according to a Reuters report.
The minister said – in a tweet on the social media platform These platforms.
Reuters quoted Fahmy as saying that many parties urged the government to take strict measures against social media platforms that restrict pro-Palestinian content, without providing more detailed information about these parties.
For its part, Meta – to which Facebook, Instagram and other platforms belong – said that it does not intentionally suppress votes on its platforms, and a company spokesman said that there was “no truth” to this claim.
“Our policies are designed to keep users of our apps safe, while giving everyone the ability to express themselves,” the spokesperson said in an email to Reuters on Thursday.
As for the TikTok platform, it said on Friday that the Malaysian government’s accusations against it of banning pro-Palestinian content are “unfounded.”
A TikTok spokesperson said in an email to Reuters that the platform “applies community guidelines fairly to all content on it,” and stressed that it is “committed to constantly enforcing its policies to protect the community.”
Both Meta and TikTok use a combination of tools to monitor content posted on them, including automated detection and human review to remove visual elements.
Many users and celebrities have complained – especially in the recent period – about the restriction of the content they publish in support of the Palestinian cause on these platforms, denouncing the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, or calling for sparing children and civilians the scourge of this war, and the decline in the reach of their posts to followers.
The report stated that Meta Company, which also owns the WhatsApp application, took additional steps; For example: highlighting posts that may be considered a “violation” of their rules, to avoid inadvertently displaying recommended content in feeds.
Meta said that some of the deletions of posts that were seen as punishing support for the Palestinians were actually caused by a technical error “unrelated to the subject of the content,” according to Reuters.
TikTok told Reuters last Wednesday that it had removed more than 775,000 video clips and 14,000 live broadcasts since the start of the attack on Gaza on October 7.
For his part, Fahmy said that Malaysians have the right to freedom of expression regarding the Palestinian issue, and indicated that he would meet with TikTok representatives next week to discuss the matter.
Two weeks ago, Reuters quoted Fahmy as saying that TikTok had not fully complied with Malaysian laws, and had not done enough to limit defamatory or misleading content. But the platform said in its response that it would take proactive measures to address these issues.