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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  In this photo illustration, the logo for the Twitter social media network is projected onto a man on August 09, 2017 in London, England. With around 328 million users worldwide, Twitter has gone from a small start-up in for the public 2006 to a broadcast tool of politicians and corporations in 2017.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Twitter Yields to Demand from Israeli Government and Blocks 35 Accounts

On Tuesday, Twitter gave into a demand from the Israeli Cybercrime Department, blocking and restricting 35 user accounts linked to Hamas and Hezbollah. The decision came just two weeks after Israel’s public security minister Gilad Erdan threatened legal action against the company. Twitter blocked 2 accounts, suspended 7 accounts and restricted 26 accounts inside Palestine […]

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MENA Internet Freedom Roundup: October 2017

  From the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s attempt to criminalize online speech to its development of advanced facial recognition technology, we ask, are critical views able to be expressed in the kingdom during its current internal power struggle? In this month’s roundup of the latest digital rights-related news from the region, we follow up on […]

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Roundtable discussion on "Media Freedom in Palestine," Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters, Ramallah, June 13, 2017 (MADA).

Limiting Palestinian Free Speech Online is no Solution to Cybercrime

Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations have called for a freeze on the recently publicized cybercrime law that was approved by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on June 24, 2017. In a press statement released by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), the new law was criticized for its potential […]

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Image courtesy FB Censors Palestine, a Facebook Page that protests the Israel-Facebook agreement. https://www.facebook.com/FaceBCensorsPalestine

Civil Society Statement: Voluntary Agreements between Israel and Social Media Companies Threaten Free Expression

  In early September, the Israeli government announced an agreement with Facebook “to work together to determine how to tackle incitement on the social media network.” The announcement came about 10 days before Facebook disabled the accounts of editors at two of Palestine’s most widely read online publications, prompting widespread online protest. Users had flagged […]

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