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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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Big Techs’ Community Standards: Uncontrolled [Opinion]

There is no doubt that the power Big Techs possess over society is “big.” It is ironic how a deregulated sector is regulating societies, a job that is mandated to the law. The power that Big Techs accumulate, enables them to impose their own standards and policies on the whole world. This fragmentation of the …

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Statement from global civil society on the impact of Facebook, Google and Twitter: Concern for democracy and human rights must not end at the US’s borders

We are organisations working globally to strengthen democracy and human rights. Today we are demanding that Facebook, Google, and Twitter urgently demonstrate the concern they have claimed toward democratic processes in the United States to the remaining 96% of humanity. Immediate action is needed to avoid further aiding and abetting harm to democracy and human …

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Open Letter to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube: Stop silencing critical voices from the Middle East and North Africa

17 December 2020, Ten years ago today, 26-year old Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest over injustice and state marginalization, igniting mass uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries across the Middle East and North Africa. As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring, we, the undersigned activists, …

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One Year After October 17 Uprising in Lebanon: Summons and Arrests for Online Speech Increase

One Year Since the October 17 Uprising in Lebanon: Summons and Arrests for Online Speech It’s been one year since the October 17 uprising in Lebanon, which was ignited over the imposition of a “WhatsApp tax.” During this time, Lebanon witnessed an increase in summons and arrests resulting from online speech with a  greater variety …

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How Does Palestinian Content Counter the Bias of Social Media Companies?

Palestinian journalist Hani Al-Shaer was not surprised when his Facebook account was deleted for the tenth time during the past three years. However, he was surprised to receive a letter in June from the social media company stating that he has not adhered to the Facebook Community Standards. This came as a surprise since he …

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How The Global Internet Disruption Affected Lebanon

On Sunday afternoon, Lebanese internet users reported an internet disruption that made it almost impossible to access platforms like Twitter. Users were under the impression the disruption was due to a telecommunication outage because of the recent fuel and electricity crisis, or some new repressive action by the government. But the SMEX team found that …

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