Following last month’s removal by Google and Apple of a Hezbollah application for streaming video from its Al-Manar satellite network, Hezbollah-operated Al Manar television and Hezbollah content have been removed by Facebook, Israel Hayom reports. A July 27 report by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) revealed the designated terrorist organization’s extensive use of US social media which last month prompted Apple and Google to remove its applications from iTunes and Android applications, respectively.
According to MEMRI, “Not only did the group have its official website hosted in the United States, but it also made its TV broadcasts available through Apple’s iTunes, on mobile device applications and through the two major social media websites, Facebook and Twitter”.
According to an Israel Radio report, the decision to ban Hezbollah from the popular social networking site was made due to Facebook’s policy against terror incitement and hate propagation.
Twitter, however, has so far refused to respond to calls by advocacy groups to block Hezbollah, in line with its general stance against suppressing speech on its platform, according to a report on the Jewish Daily Forward.
Hezbollah is a designated terrorist organization in Canada, the US, and the UK. Notable supporters of Hezbollah, were past protesters of the Al Quds rally in Toronto last year who expressed their support for this terrorist organization at the Iranian-inspired rally in Queen’s Park.