Instagram blames ‘enforcement error’ for removal of posts about Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Instagram removed and restricted posts related to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem after its moderators confused its name with a group designated as a terrorist organization. In an internal company message first obtained by BuzzFeed News, a lead on the company’s Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy team called the removals “enforcement errors.”

Facebook, which owns Instagram, provided a copy of the internal post to The Verge. In it, the employee wrote: “While Al-Aqsa (الأقصى) refers to a location, it is also unfortunately included in the names of several restricted organizations – by itself, however, this term should not and does not violate our policies.”

BuzzFeed News reports that there is an armed group known as the Al-Aqsa…

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