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  • Voltaire Staff

Facebook reinstates posts about Malaysian PM meeting Hamas leader

Facebook has reinstated posts from Malaysian media covering Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's recent meeting with a Hamas leader, stating that their removal was an error.

"Two posts were removed in error and have now been restored," a Meta spokesperson said in an email to Reuters.

The removal sparked complaints from Malaysia's government, a supporter of the Palestinian cause, warning of potential action against Meta and other social media firms if they were seen blocking pro-Palestinian content.

Anwar met with Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas in Qatar on Monday, clarifying afterward that while he maintains good relations with the group's political leaders, he has no involvement with its military operations.

Malaysia, a Muslim-majority nation, has formally requested an explanation from Meta regarding the removal of posts by two media outlets covering a recent meeting.

The closure of a Facebook account of the Malaysia Gazette, which focuses on Palestinian issues, was also revoked. The news website on Wednesday said that its appeal to Facebook to reactivate the account had been accepted and is now operational again.

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil, also the government's spokesperson, criticised the removal of these posts on Wednesday, alleging that US organisations were disregarding the freedom of media outlets. 


Meta, the Facebook parent, said there was "no truth" to allegations of restricting content supportive of the Palestinians. Meta designates Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that governs Gaza, as a "dangerous organisation."

The company employs a combination of automated detection and human review to either remove or label graphic visuals. It does not advocate content praising the group.

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