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Facebook Apologizes For Taking Down Pro-Israel Post

The Washington Post reports:  After an Israeli politician publicly questioned Facebook’s apparent double standards regarding political stances on the Israel-Palestine conflict, the social media company apologized for taking down a pro-Israel post and restored its presence online.

The post was first published by a group called Israel Video Network, which typically posts nationalistic and often provocative videos. The post in question was actually a photo, so to speak, of text saying, “It’s called Israel, not ‘Palestine’! Share to agree.”

Facebook served Israel Video Network with its standard notice on May 26: “We removed something your page posted. We removed the post below because it does not follow the Facebook Community Standards.”

The administrators of the Facebook page got in touch with Dov Lipman, a former member of Israel’s parliament, known as the Knesset. In a letter Lipman penned to the Jerusalem Post, he said the page administrators “turned to me for assistance given my background as a former member of the Knesset and my current role as director of public diplomacy in the vice chairman’s office of the World Zionist Organization.”

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