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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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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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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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