'Blindly Supporting Israel?': Users Claim Instagram Shadowbanning Posts on Gaza

Instagram Users Raise Concerns Over Alleged Shadow banning of Gaza Posts

In a recent development on the popular social media platform, Instagram, a growing number of users have come forward with claims of shadow banning pertaining to their posts related to Gaza. This controversy has stirred debate over the platform's content moderation policies and the freedom to express opinions on sensitive global issues.

In a recent development on the popular social media platform, Instagram, a growing number of users have come forward with claims of shadow banning pertaining to their posts related to Gaza. This controversy has stirred debate over the platform's content moderation policies and the freedom to express opinions on sensitive global issues.

'Blindly Supporting Israel?': Users Claim Instagram Shadowbanning Posts on Gaza

Scores of Instagram users took to various social media platforms to express their frustrations on October 15th, alleging that their posts about Gaza and Palestine were being systematically subjected to shadow banning by Instagram, which is a subsidiary of Meta Platforms, Inc. The allegations have brought into question the extent to which social media platforms are restricting content and influencing the narratives around ongoing international conflicts.

Among the grievances voiced by users, many reported that their followers were encountering difficulties in commenting on or sharing their posts discussing Gaza and Palestine. Several Instagram 'stories' dedicated to the region were allegedly experiencing a noticeable drop in views when compared to the engagement garnered by other types of content.

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For those unfamiliar with the term, shadow banning is a practice where a social media platform restricts the visibility of a user's content, often without the user's knowledge or notification. This can lead to reduced reach and engagement for posts, ultimately limiting the impact of a user's message.

The allegations of shadow banning have raised questions about the extent to which social media platforms are curating and moderating content, particularly content related to sensitive political issues and global conflicts.

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