The world saw this coming. When we posted about Facebook rating dropped to 2.6 on Google play store, people commented on social media that it is temporary and soon the negative feedback will be removed. Facebook’s rating dropped badly in the App store too, but things are looking a little complicated now as Apple has refused to remove the negative rating about the Facebook app in the App store.
One wonders if this will further escalate a cold rift between two companies to another level.
According to NBC News, there are reports of seeing internal Facebook documents including one from the company’s employee who contacted Apple to remove negative reviews from the App store. The request was refused.
On Saturday, Facebook’s app rating dropped to 2.3 in the App store as compared to 2.4 at the beginning of the week. Pro-Palestinian protesters all over the world coordinated an effort to voice their opinion against Facebook’s biased censoring of content that included hashtags such as #FreePalenstine or #GazaUnderAttack. They are all submitting 1-star negative feedback.
People have not only submitted a 1-star rating but also talked about how Facebook has restricted their accounts over pro-Palestinian content. Some accounts are deleted too while many user posts have been deleted without users’ consent. The same is the case with Instagram, a Facebook-owned company that has restricted several posts with hashtags referring to Al-Aqsa, Muslims holy Mosque. These posts were flagged and removed from the platform.
As the world’s pressure grew and people started to submit negative feedback about Facebook on Google Play Store and Apple App Store, Facebook-owned company Instagram, responded with a statement blaming a glitch in their algorithm that resulted in the removal of posts. Facebook however is yet to issue any statement in this regard about the Facebook app.
Avoiding Facebook Algorithm to escape flagging of account for restriction:
People are using alternative words to voice their opinion about the aggression in the country in order to dodge Facebook and Instagram algorithms.