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New Elections Study Shows Less than 2% of Overall Electoral Speech on Social Media Was Negative

SMEX and LADE collaborated to monitor candidates’ social media speech during the most recent Lebanese parliamentary elections. The increasing role of social media in shaping public opinion – especially during national elections – goes hand in hand with a rising internet penetration rate. Indeed, since the last parliamentary elections in 2009, Lebanon’s internet penetration rose […]

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Iraqi Government Shuts Down the Internet Amidst Protests

Last week, protests broke out in Basra and quickly spread across southern Iraq. On Saturday, the Iraqi government began intermittently shutting down the internet and reduced the connection speed across the country.  #End_internet_shutdowns because they violate Iraqis’ rights to freedom of expression and puts them in great danger. للقراءة والمشاهدة باللغة العربية.

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Press Release: Beware of Unverified WhatsApp Applications

Many websites and hyperlinks to unverified WhatsApp applications–marketed as “WhatsApp Plus” and promising its users additional features for free–are being shared widely on Twitter, WhatsApp, and other social media. SMEX (smex.org), an organization whose mission is to spread digital awareness and understanding of digital rights, warns that these applications have access to all your data […]

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