Malaysia to ask Meta to explain removal of Facebook posts on PM’s Hamas meeting

Malaysia to ask Meta to explain removal of Facebook posts on PM's Hamas meeting

Malaysia’s government announced on Wednesday ( May 15 ) that it will contact Meta Platforms to explain the removal of Facebook posts in response to media reports of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s public meeting with a Hamas leader.

Anwar met with Hamas ‘ Ali Haniyeh on Tuesday in Qatar and claimed to have had good relationships with the country’s political leaders but had not been a part of the country’s military.

Malaysia, which is a Muslim-majority country, has long backed the Palestinian cause and pushed for a two-state alternative to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to government spokesman and communications secretary Fahmi Fadzil, Malaysia’s communications regulation had received complaints about the removal of Facebook messages.

Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Malaysia’s problems.

Fahmi warned in October that if Meta and TikTok were preventing pro-Palestine information from being posted on their platforms, immediate action could be taken.