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Inside Meta, debate over what is right in the repression of speech in the Palestinian territories

Inside Meta, debate over what is right in the repression of speech in the Palestinian territories

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October 21, 2023, 12:54 p.m. ET

After Hamas stormed Israel and murdered civilians on October 7, hateful comments from the region flooded into Instagram. Those responsible for the meta-platforms have implemented automatic filters intended to slow the flow of violent and harassing content.

But comments continued to appear, particularly from the Palestinian territories, according to a Meta official. Meta therefore reactivated its filters, but only there.

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