Instagram/Twitter remove, block Palestinian posts

May 2021

Instagram and Twitter social media users mentioning the possible eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem and sharing photos and videos of Israeli forces facing off with Palestinian residents, including around the Al-Aqsa mosque, are having their accounts closed and content and hashtags blocked in what they say is censorship.

Both companies later reversed course and reinstated the relevant accounts and content. Twitter blamed automated spam filtering software and Instagram put the problem down to a 'technical bug'.