A number of accounts used by the militant Hamas group and its military arm to publish information about the Israel-Hamas conflict have been shut down by the social media messaging service Telegram.
The page opens with a message that reads, “Unfortunately, this channel couldn’t be displayed on your device.” The same message appears when opening the page of Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida, which has 584,000 followers. The Associated Press contacted Telegram for comment, but they did not answer right away.
Under the condition of anonymity since the person who spoke for Google was not permitted to speak to the media in public, the spokesman acknowledged that Telegram had removed the Hamas pages and stated that “the reporting has been accurate.”
According to the Google Play spokesperson, egregious content, such as material that encourages terrorism, incites violence, or glorifies terrorist activities, must be effectively moderated by all apps that use user-generated content.
The representative said, “When infractions are discovered, we take proper action. In the early phases of the conflict, Hamas disseminated graphic photos and films of its attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 Israeli civilians and soldiers as well as over 220 hostages.