Ratings of Facebook dropped from 4.5 to 2.2 on App store and 2.3 on Google Play store recently and everyone has been wondering, what’s the matter with world’s most popular social media platform.
Facebook is losing its rating game because its users have been giving it one star rating on app store and google play.
People have started boycotting Facebook for deleting and flagging posts protesting against aggression of Israeli military on Palestinian people.
What happened to the Facebook’s ratings?
Amidst the whole Israeli aggression on Palestinian people, users took to their Facebook accounts to bring forth the issue. People used this platform to condemn the acts of Israeli forces against the Palestinian people.
However, so many came forth with the issue that their posts in which they highlighted the issue were either flagged or deleted.
“Since it is an electronic war, and Facebook app is deleting and hiding Palestine posts and promotes the Israel Terrorist state posts. Facebook had an evaluation of 4.5 stars before the last #SheikhJarrah incident and now it is 2.6! Keep rating 1 star to fall.” -@ChillingSam_
Other users also showed how offended they were. It was because their opinions were being deleted from a social media platform. Whereas these platforms should technically be free for everyone.
“Instagram is censoring my account as well as deleting posts and accounts spreading information and ground updates in Palestine. Tiktok and Facebook r doing the same. Twitter has yet to see Palestinian ethnic cleansing as a trending topic. SCREAM LOUDER THEY ARE SCARED TO HEAR US!” –@raneemabdel
These reactions was the basis for a campaign against the Facebook who was allegedly stopping the truth from coming out.
This is how people started giving one star rating for the application on the app store and google play store. This rating game has brought down Facebook’s rating which was once 4.5 to 2.2.
Was it really a mistake?
Instagram is a social media platform owned by Facebook. Instagram also expected the same public backlash coming its way. People had also started coming forth with such problems regarding their posts on Instagram.
A BuzzFeed reporter recently reported that the Instagram mistakenly deleted posts about Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. This is where Israeli forces started firing teargas and beating up people. These Muslim civilians were worshipping in their Holy month of Ramadan.
Recently, Palestinian ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot met with Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy. This was to discuss his concerns about the censorship of Palestinian accounts and posts on Facebook.
As a result, Facebook claimed to have set up a 24hours special operations center. It will have a closer look on the content which is being posted on the social platform.
“This operations center allows us to closely monitor the situation so we can remove content that violates our community standards faster, while also addressing possible errors in enforcement,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of content policy.