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Digital Rights Roundup: Lebanese woman gets eights years in Egypt for video, Twitter bans 35 accounts at Israel’s request, and a 15 year old detained in Lebanon for WhatsApp story

A Lebanese tourist was sentenced to eight years in Egyptian prison after viral video on Facebook. Mona el-Mazbouh, 24, posted a video complaining about the sexual harassment she had experienced in Cairo while on vacation. The video soon went viral, leading to Mazbouh’s arrest when she tried to leave the country at the end of […]

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“Youtube Will Be the Biggest Website Banned in Egypt, But Not the First”

On Saturday, Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court ruled to uphold a lower administrative court’s decision instructing the Ministry of Communications and Information to block YouTube for 30 days. This ruling came in response to YouTube’s alleged refusal to remove a video, first published in 2012, which the court has found to be denigrating to the Prophet […]

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Turkey Responsible for More than Half of Twitter’s Content Removal Requests and Other Trends from the MENA Region

On April 6, Twitter launched the 12 Twitter Transparency Report, its 12th biannual report documenting the requests the company receives from governments to remove content or reveal account information. Twitter splits removal requests into three categories: court orders, reports based on the violation of local laws, and government reported violations of the company’s terms of […]

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