The following articles were removed from the official Twitter feed of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
The government did not respond to requests for comment.
According to Twitter’s guidelines, the government may ban or limit users who are “contributing to terrorism,” “violating human rights,” “attempting to incite hatred,” “engaging in harassment,” or “promoting illegal activity.”
“Twitter’s decision to temporarily block accounts that have been blocked by the government of Israel is in direct contradiction to our mission to promote freedom of expression on the platform,” the company said in a statement.
“We support the government’s decision, but we will continue to exercise our editorial judgment in determining whether to block accounts or to allow accounts to remain active.”
The government of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen in this undated file photo.
The government is the largest contributor to Twitter and has a majority of the platform’s users, but it has also faced criticism over the past year for blocking Palestinians and other groups.
Earlier this year, it blocked the account of Hamas leader Khaled Meshal and other Palestinians, who had criticized the Israeli government’s crackdown on Palestinians.
On May 6, a tweet by Israeli Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu called on Twitter to remove an account of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Twitter account had been blocked in 2015.
“In the interest of freedom of speech and freedom of information, the Government of Israel will temporarily suspend the account @allah_absa,” the tweet read.
“The decision is in keeping with the principles of the free speech, human rights, and press freedoms of the Internet and is in line with the principle of separation of powers,” the statement added.
Israel’s Twitter account is now blocked in the US, according to the company’s website.
Twitter has been under fire for blocking Palestinian activists in recent years.
In 2014, Israel accused Palestinian activists of attempting to incite terrorism by “spreading false information and inciting hatred.”
In 2016, Israeli authorities blocked the accounts of two Palestinian activists: Rashaad Ashraf and Issa Ibrahim.
Ashraf had been arrested in 2014 after he was convicted of incitement to commit a crime.
In 2017, Israeli officials said they had blocked the social media platform’s accounts of Palestinian activists who had protested against Israeli military operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In 2017, a Facebook spokesperson said the company would be monitoring Twitter’s policies and policies are “subject to constant review and review as necessary.”
Twitter does not comment on individual users.