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Statement Regarding BSR’s HRA for Meta on Palestine & Israel

SMEX, along with 71 of local, regional and international partners has issued a joint statement regarding BSR’s Human Rights Due Diligence report on Arabic and Hebrew content on Meta’s platform. Human rights organizations and civil society have been calling for an independent review of Meta’s content moderation policies as they pertain to Palestine for years, …

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Yemen: The Race for Censorship

As the war in Yemen rages on, and while the country is witnessing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis according to the United Nations, citizens no longer have a space to breathe, not even on social media. The conflicting parties have exploited internet services to promote their narratives, block opposing websites and impose an unprecedented censorship …

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Sheikh Jarrah: Facebook and Twitter systematically silencing protests, deleting evidence

Facebook and Twitter are systematically silencing users protesting and documenting the evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem. We demand Facebook and Twitter to immediately stop these takedowns, reinstate affected content and accounts, and provide a clear and public explanation for why the content was removed.  In …

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A New (Non-)Privacy Policy from WhatsApp? [A comparison between messaging applications]

Tech and media companies are exploiting free, popular apps to increase their access to  personal data; and WhatsApp has just followed suit. The app has been sending notifications about an odd update to its privacy policy. The latest policy grants Whatsapp permission to share users’ data with its parent company, Facebook—as well as its subsidiaries. …

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