Meta Considering Increased Censorship of the Word 'Zionist' | 8 Feb 2024 | Facebook and Instagram's parent company, Meta, is contemplating stricter rules around discussing Israeli nationalism on its platforms, a major policy change that could stifle criticism and free expression about the war in Gaza and beyond, five civil society sources who were briefed on the potential change told The Intercept. "Meta is currently revisiting its hate speech policy, specifically in relation to the term 'Zionist,'" reads a January 30 email sent to civil society groups by Meta policy personnel and reviewed by The Intercept...  In the months since October 7, staunchly pro-Israel groups like the Anti-Defamation League have openly called for treating anti-Zionism as a form of antisemitism, pointing out that the word is often used by antisemites as a stand-in for "Jew." The ADL and American Jewish Committee, another pro-Israel, Zionist advocacy group in the U.S., have both been lobbying Meta to restrict use of the word "Zionist," according to Yasmine Taeb, legislative and political director at the Muslim grassroots advocacy group MPower Change.

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