Jordanian Company Claims Launch Of New Social Media Platform For Content In Support Of Gaza, Defy Alleged Censorship By Western Platform Of Pro-Palestinian Users

December 15, 2023

On November 26, 2023, several Arabic media outlets reported that a group of young Jordanian plan to launch a social media platform to break the alleged ban imposed by social media companies on pro-Palestinians posts.

Media reports said that the platform was launched by the founder of Jordan-based Gold Media, engineer Amjad Sharkas, who discussed the project in a press conference he held on November 25.

According to Sharkas, the new platform, which is called "Tick," allows users around the world to express their opinions freely, without any restrictions.

He pointed out that the platform operates mainly to support the Palestinian cause and is focused on current events in Gaza in particular. According to radio and newspaper accounts, he "pledged to support freedom of expression and human rights for all, and to defend victims in Gaza and around the world, without restrictions or complex algorithms."

Promoting "Facts" On Gaza

In an interview with "Watar Radio," a Jordanian radio station posted on YouTube on November 28, Sharkas explained that the idea of the project is mainly aimed at promoting "facts" about the situation in Gaza and the suffering of Gazans under "Israeli occupation."

The platform, he said, will officially launch in the next ten days or so. He added that creating accounts will be easy, similar to the sign up process that exists on other social media platforms.

Chat, Videos, Images

He added that "Tick" will allow users to exchange chat, direct messages, and share posts, including videos and images just as users can do on Threads, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram. "Tick," he said, will have a "huge database."

Asked why he used "Tick" as a name for the platform, he said the name reflects the objective of the project, which is to spread "correct" information. He further noted that he wants to see an Arab Jordian social media platform to break the hegemony of western companies on this field. He also said that a goal would be to attract western users to Tick, particularly those who are not happy with the kind of censorship that they are allegedly subjected to on existing platforms.

Tick Will Be Available For All Phone Users

"Tick" will be available for iOS, Android, and Huawei phone users, he noted, adding that many people in France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar contacted him expressing their support for the project.

As of this writing, the app was not yet available in the app store that Sharkas mentioned.

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