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Facebook, Insta are confused about this Arabic word, are not able to figure it out

 Meta: Meta,  the parent company of social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, is facing criticism from its own Oversight Board over the Arabic word "martyr". This is not the first case. This type of case had come to light before also.
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 Facebook, Insta are confused about this Arabic word, are not able to figure it out

Agro Haryana, New Delhi Meta, the parent company of social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, is facing criticism from its own Oversight Board over the Arabic word "martyr".

According to a report in Ingadget, the word "shaheed" is often translated as "martyr". This word has been removed from Meta's platforms (Facebook and Instagram) more times than any other word or phrase.

The problem lies in the current approach to meta, which treats the word "martyr" only as a glorification of violence or extremism. However, the monitoring board argues that "martyr" has multiple meanings and is often used in reporting, academic discussion, and in the context of human rights. 

According to the report, Meta's banning of the term by associating it with "dangerous individuals" significantly impacts Arabic-speaking users and stifles legitimate discussion. 

The monitoring board recommends Meta move away from automatically removing content containing the word "martyr" and instead focus on identifying clear signals of violence or violations of other established policies. 

Additionally, the Board recommends Meta to increase transparency regarding the use of automated systems in content moderation.

most censored word

This decision is quite significant as “martyr” is probably the most censored word on Meta platforms. Hayley Thorning-Summit, co-chair of the oversight board, expressed concern that Meta's current strategy prioritizes censorship over security, potentially marginalizing an entire user group, while still failing to achieve its goals fails. 

Additionally, this policy may restrict media and public discussion by discouraging reporting on sensitive topics. Thorning-Summit said "The Board is particularly concerned that Meta's approach impacts journalism and civil discussion because media organizations and commentators may avoid reporting on designated entities to avoid content removal."

Such a case had come up earlier also 

This is not the first time Meta has been criticized for biased moderation against Arabic users. A previous report revealed that content moderation for Palestinian Arabic was less accurate, leading to accounts being incorrectly suspended. 

Meta also apologized in 2023, when automated translation inserted the word "terrorist" into the profiles of Palestinian users on Instagram

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