In a surprising turn of events, Meta, the parent company of Instagram, made headlines on Wednesday as it took down a prominent pro-Palestinian account, @eye.on.palestine, boasting over 6 million followers. The action was taken following the detection of a potential security breach, as the company sought to protect the account from a possible cyberattack.
@eye.on.palestine, widely known for its focus on sharing footage from Gaza, documenting civilian casualties and injuries resulting from Israeli airstrikes, suddenly disappeared from the platform, leaving its followers puzzled. Furthermore, a backup account, @eye.on.palestine2, along with related Facebook and Threads accounts, were also rendered inaccessible, displaying the message, “Sorry, this page isn’t available.”
This development followed an earlier warning issued to the account’s administrators in May 2023, who had revealed via their Telegram channel that Instagram had alerted them to a “government-backed hacker” attempting to dismantle their page. The situation has raised concerns about the role of tech giants in moderating content and safeguarding accounts, sparking discussions on the balance between security measures and free expression on social media platforms.
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