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Facebook’s AI treats Palestinian activists like it treats American Black activists. It blocks them.

By Elizabeth Dwoskin, Gerrit De Vynck

28 May 2021 · 8 min read

Just days after violent conflict erupted in Israel and the Palestinian territories, both Facebook and Twitter copped to major faux pas: The companies had wrongly blocked or restricted millions of mostly pro-Palestinian posts and accounts related to the crisis.

Activists around the world charged the companies with failing a critical test: whether their services would enable the world to watch an important global event unfold unfettered through the eyes of those affected.

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