Facebook rating drops on Playstore

May 23, 2021: Facebook’s rating dropped from 4.0 to 2.6. on Google Play Store after people boycotted the world’s most popular social media site for flagging and deleting posts protesting against Israeli military aggression against Palestinians.

The Facebook app now has a rating of 2.5 on the Google Play store and a 2.4 rating on Apple’s App store.

Many users took to their social media handles to protest against the flagging of their posts and urged others to rate the app 1 star to keep the rating going down.

Last week, BuzzFeed News reported that Facebook-owned Instagram had mistakenly removed content about al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem where Israeli security police clashed with worshippers.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation also reported that Instagram and Twitter had blamed glitches for the deletion of posts mentioning the possible eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.

Facebook has banned Hamas from its platform and removes content praising the group regarded by Israel, the United States, and the European Union as a terrorist group.

Palestinian ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot recently met with Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, to voice his concerns over the censorship of Palestinian posts and accounts.

In response to this, the social media site set up a 24-7 “special operations center” to respond to content posted on its platform about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid violence in the region, the company said.

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