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    👍 | Facebook to live stream Eid moonsightings from…

    Facebook on Wednesday is set to live stream moonsighting events from across the UK to determine the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The social media giant will share the live footage with some 215 million users on its Facebook app shortly after the end of the day's fast on Wednesday evening. The stream, which will be the first of its kind to be shared by the platform, will be brought to viewers in partnership with the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Exeter University and the New Crescent Society (NCS), a UK -based group dedicated to reviving the Islamic tradition of celestial observation….

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    👍 | Instagram says'technical issue' caused removal…

    Instagram has addressed accusations that it had censored thousands of posts about the forced expulsions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, calling it a “technical issue”. Activists and hundreds of social media users on Thursday accused the social media giant of censoring posts after videos, Instagram stories and Instagram highlights relating to events in Sheikh Jarrah disappeared from the app. The New Arab reached out to Instagram about the issue. “I want to confirm that content related to Sheikh Jarrah was removed as a result of a widespread global t…

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    👍 | Facebook removes Palestinian pro-Fatah account…

    Facebook removed nine account networks in April that it said were behind the spread of false information and manipulation of users online, including some 450 accounts from the Palestinian territories. The deleted accounts on both Facebook and Instagram totalled 1,800, according to Bloomberg. The social media giant said the Palestinian network had been targeting users in the Middle East with content promoting the Palestinian political movement Fatah and criticising Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran. Accounts can be taken down on Facebook and companies owned by it if they violate any of the platform's c…

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    👍 | Facebook board upholds Trump suspension

    Former US President Donald Trump won't return to Facebook — at least not yet. The social network's quasi-independent Oversight Board voted to uphold his ban from the platform after his account was suspended four months ago for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan 6 Capitol riot. But in a statement, it faulted Facebook for the way it made the decision and called its “indefinite” suspension of Trump unreasonable and unworkable. The board said Facebook sought to avoid its responsibilities by applying “a vague, standardless penalty ”And then referring the case to the board to resolve.“ In…

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    📱 | Google and Microsoft's secretive investments in…

    Earlier this month, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the tech giant Microsoft had secretly launched a new chip development center in Israel over a year and a half earlier, and is currently accelerating its operations there. This was followed by another report that Google is planning to establish a regional data center in Israel for its cloud computing services that could see hundreds of millions of dollars invested in local infrastructure. Google refused to comment on the news, leaving it shrouded in secrecy, like Microsoft's Israeli ventures. or a…

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    👍 | Facebook says Palestinian intelligence used pla…

    Facebook said Wednesday it had disabled accounts used by the Palestinian Authority's internal intelligence organization to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political opponents. In a report, the US social media giant also said it had identified and disabled “politically motivated” espionage operations by The report released Wednesday comes ahead of landmark Palestinian legislative elections set for next month that will see the rival West Bank-based Palestinian Authority…

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    📱 | US sanctions'disrupts Google services' in Syria

    Several Google services have been disrupted in Syria due to US sanctions, The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site has reported. The nationwide service interruption began at the start of April and most notably affects the Google Play Store, through which users download applications to their Android devices. The Play Store has been completely halted by Google, according to application developer and engineer Ahmed Barbour. He told The New Arab's sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that the US Office of Foreign Assets Control placed Syria on the sanctions list recently. Google then paused many of…

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    👍 | Civil rights group sues Facebook, Mark Zuckerbe…

    An advocacy group for Muslim Americans has sued Facebook and top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg for failing to police hate speech, following what it regards as “pervasive” anti-Muslim attacks. In the complaint filed in Washington on Thursday, Muslim Advocates claimed the social media giant's repeated failures to enforce its own moderation policies have led to a wave of anti-Muslim abuse. “For years, we have warned Facebook about the barrage of anti-Muslim hate and violent threats that proliferate on their platform – and violate the company's own policies, ”Mary Bauer, legal director of…

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    👍 | Facebook removes accounts tied to Iranian exile…

    Facebook said Tuesday it has removed hundreds of fake accounts linked to an Iranian exile group and a troll farm in Albania. The accounts posted content critical of Iran's government and supportive of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, a dissident group known as MEK. In many cases Facebook found other telltale clues suggesting a so-called troll farm, the Facebook and Instagram accounts used fake profile names and photos. Facebook determined the accounts were being run from a single location in Albania by a group of individuals working on behalf of MEK. in which workers are paid to post content, often mis inf…

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    👍 | Facebook says cyber spies in China targeted Uyg…

    Facebook on Wednesday said it disrupted efforts by hackers in China to spy on supporters of the Uyghur minority living outside that country. A group of well-resourced hackers in China targeted hundreds of Uyghur activists, journalists, and dissidents living abroad, trying to trick them “This group used various cyber espionage tactics to identify its targets and infect their devices with malware to enable surveillance,” Facebook head of cyber espionage investigations Mike Dvilyanski and security p…

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    👍 | Trump to launch own social media platform: ex-aide

    Donald Trump plans to return to social media soon, using “his own platform” after being banned from Twitter and other outlets, a former advisor said Sunday. “I do think that we're going to see president Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months, ”Jason Miller told Fox News.“ It's going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly president Trump does, but it will be his own platform, ”said Miller , who held senior posts in both of Trump's presidential campaigns. Trump's provocative use of social media was a de…

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    👍 | Twitter to appoint Turkey representative: official

    Twitter will appoint a local representative in Turkey under a contentious social media law that allows authorities to remove content from platforms, a government official said on Friday. Turkey's new social media regulations entered into force in October after being passed in parliament by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. They require platforms with more than one million unique daily users to appoint representatives who can handle court orders to take down offending content within 48 hours. Non-compliance could lead to fines or restrictions on bandwidth, blocking access to the pl…

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    👍 | Twitter asks users to weigh in on rules for wor…

    Twitter on Friday began a survey of global users about platform rules for world leaders while consulting human rights and academic specialists on its next policy steps. The announcement comes after Twitter joined other social networks banning then-president Donald Trump for his comments seen as inciting the violent attack on the US Capitol in January. The ban was criticized by Trump supporters while others had argued Twitter should have taken action earlier despite its policy of allowing leeway for world leaders and newsworthy posts.

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    👍 | Russia disrupting Twitter over'illegal' content

    Russia said Wednesday it planned to slow down Twitter for users in the country over what it said was the social media platform's failure to remove “illegal” content. Moscow in recent months has put Western tech giants like Facebook and Twitter under increasing pressure for failing to Russia's media watchdog said in a statement its decision to restrict Twitter's services was intended to “protect Russian citizens” and force the company to comply with Russian law. The Roskomandzor watchdog said the disruption would begin on Wednesda…

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    👍 | Facebook bans Myanmar military accounts citing…

    Facebook said it has banned all remaining accounts linked to the Myanmar military on Thursday, citing the junta's use of deadly force against anti-coup demonstrators. The move, which takes effect immediately, applies to the military and entities controlled by the armed forces on both Facebook and Instagram. It also bans “military-linked commercial entities” from advertising on the platforms. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have demos a need for this ban,” the social media giant said in a statement. “We believe the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw on Facebook…

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    👍 | Criticism of Zionism is not anti-semitic, Faceb…

    Facebook is facing a dilemma. The social media Goliath finds itself caught in a debate over the use of the political label “Zionist”. Supporters of Israel are pressing Facebook to treat the term “Zionist” as a proxy for “Jew”, and to Therefore label harsh criticisms of Zionism – a political ideology that must surely be open to criticism in any free society – as anti-semitism, a hateful ideology that has no place in civil discourse. Facebook commonly defends its platform on the basis of free speech in an attempt to avoid having to do the often complicated, controversial, and difficult work of m…

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    👍 | After Facebook, Twitter ban, Trump fans and ext…

    Gab instead of Twitter, MeWe over Facebook, Telegram for messaging and Discord for insiders – banned from mainstream platforms, US conspiracy and supremacist movements, many of which support Donald Trump, have sintered to networks that are more confidential, and harder to regulate. The most extreme Trump supporters were already on alternative platforms, ”said Nick Backovic, a researcher at Logically.AI, a company specializing in digital disinformation.“ The fact that Facebook and Twitter took so long to (ban them) allowed influencers to rebuild conversation and groups almost seamlessly. ”After…

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    👍 | Facebook shuts down Myanmar army'True News' page

    A Facebook page run by the Myanmar junta's “True News” information service was kicked off the platform on Sunday after the tech giant accused it of inciting violence. Security forces in the country have steadily increased violence against a massive and largely peaceful civil disobedience campaign demanding The return of deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel laureate was taken into custody along with her top political allies at the start of the month, but the new regime has insisted it took power lawfully. It has used Facebook to claim Suu Kyi's landslide election victory last Nov…

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    👍 | Taliban tweet threatens Malala, Twitter removes…

    A Pakistani Taliban militant who nine years ago is alleged to have shot and badly wounded Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has threatened a second attempt on her life, tweeting that next time, “there would be no mistake.” Twitter on Wednesday permanently suspend the account with The menacing post. The threat prompted Yousafzai to tweet herself, asking both the Pakistan military and Prime Minister Imran Khan to explain how her alleged shooter, Ehsanullah Ehsan, had escaped from government custody. Ehsan was arrested in 2017, but escaped in January 2020 from a so-called safe house where he was be…

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    👍 | Myanmar restricts Twitter as outrage over coup…

    Myanmar lost access to Twitter on Friday night, the latest move to stifle dissent as the military widened an internet ban days after a coup that has drawn global condemnation and the threat of new sanctions. De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained Monday and ousted Facebook was the first platform that saw issues on Wednesday, and by Thursday, Myanmar users had flocked to Twitter to spread a hashtag campaign against the military putsch with millions from power, returning the country to military rule after a 10-year dalliance with democracy. of mentions. But around 10 pm local time (1530 G…

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    👍 | Myanmar blocks Facebook as resistance grows to…

    Myanmar's new military government has blocked access to Facebook as resistance to Monday's coup surged amid calls for civil disobedience to protest the ousting of the elected civilian government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Facebook is especially popular in Myanmar and the ousted government had commonly made public announcements on the social media site. Internet users said the disruption began late Wednesday night, and mobile service provider Telenor Myanmar confirmed in a statement that mobile operators and internet service providers in Myanmar had received a directive from the communica…

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    👍 | In a first, Twitter restricts'hateful' LGBTQ p…

    Twitter on Tuesday labeled as “hateful” a post by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu that described members of the LBGTQ community as “deviants”. It is the first time the social media giant has restricted a post by a Turkish official. The move comes against The background of ongoing protests at an Istanbul university over the appointment of a rector by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Four Bogazici University students were detained last week over a piece of protest art that Turkish LGBTQ community flags over an image of Islam's holiest site, the Great Mosque of Mecca and the Kaaba at…

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    👍 | Facebook'supreme court' to judge Trump suspension

    Facebook on Thursday said it is asking its independent experts to rule on whether former president Donald Trump's suspension for “fomenting insurrection” should stand. Facebook and Instagram suspended Trump after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, an attack on the seat of democracy That led to Trump's second impeachment. The leading social network is referring the decision to its independent oversight board \-known informally as the Facebook “supreme court” – with the authority to make binding rulings even chief executive Mark Zuckerberg must abide by. believe our decisio…

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    👍 | Turkey hits Twitter, Pinterest with advertising…

    Turkey on Tuesday hit Twitter, Pinterest and Periscope with advertising bans after they failed to follow Facebook and appoint a local representative to take down contentious posts under a new media law. Freedom of speech defenders warn the law is part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt The bans on the three platforms came. To control social media and stop any dissent against his government. The social media legislation passed last year meant networks with over a million users had to appoint an envoy to handle court orders to remove offending content within 48 hours. into force…

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    👍 | Facebook to appoint Turkey envoy to comply with…

    Facebook said on Monday it will appoint a representative in Turkey to comply with a new social media law aimed at forcing platforms to quickly remove contentious posts. The US social media giant's announcement came a day before it and other non-complying platforms were due to face advertising bans in Turkey. Media freedom advocates view the law as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's effort to limit political discourse and stifle dissent — a drive that gained added momentum after he survived a failed coup in 2016. But Facebook said its decision did not mean it was changing the way it hand…

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    👍 | Iraq calls on Facebook, Twitter to reconsider b…

    Baghdad called on Facebook and Twitter to reverse a decision to ban accounts linked to the Iraq's paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces on Friday. The Iraqi Media and Communications Commission sent an official request to the social media giants on Friday, saying the move “affects institutions of the Iraqi state as well as respect for freedom of opinion ”. The PMF – Hashed al-Shaabi in Arabic – is an umbrella group comprising of more than 70 armed factions and has close ties to Tehran. The network is overseen by the Iraqi government. Baghdad's statements on Friday said the government has been…

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    👍 | WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash

    WhatsApp on Friday postponed a data-sharing change as users concerned about privacy fled the Facebook-owned messaging service and flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal. The smartphone app, a huge hit across the world, canceled its February 8 deadline for accepting an update to “We've heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update,” WhatsApp said in a blog post. Its terms concerning sharing data with Facebook, saying it would use the pause to clear up misinformation around privacy and security. “This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook….

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    👍 | A Trump supporter is trying to sue Twitter for…

    An American citizen is allegedly suing Twitter for “pain and suffering” after Twitter permanently suspended the outgoing US President Donald Trump's account over posts that were deemed to incite violence that led to the storming of Capitol Hill. A man called “Erik Estavillo” is attempting to sue Twitter, as well as Somali-American congresswoman Ilhan Omar and US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) who are leading the impeachment charge against the Trump. The lawsuit was reportedly filed on Wednesday. The court papers read that Estavillo “seeks restitution) for the unsolicited and over b…

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    👍 | Facebook exec says'no plans' to end Trump ban

    Facebook does not intend to lift the suspension on outgoing President Donald Trump, the platform's second in command Sheryl Sandberg said Monday. “Our ban is indefinite. We have said at least through the transition. But we have no plans to lift it,” Facebook's chief operating officer said at an online forum organized by Reuters. The social network last week suspended Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the aftermath the violent invasion of the US Capitol by a mob of his supporters, which disrupted the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's election victory. Twitter went a step fur…

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    👍 | Rohingya rights group urges Facebook to suspend…

    A Rohingya rights group has called on Facebook to suspend Burmese military accounts which promote recruitment and those of companies with ties to the army, Anadolu Agency report. “Donald Trump has been suspended for inciting violence, but the Burmese military commit violence against civilians every day And are free to use Facebook to recruit soldiers to commit that violence ”, said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK.“ Military owned companies are allowed to use Facebook to promote products, the profits from which fund the military and help fund violations of international law, includi…

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    👍 | Palestinian media organisations boycott Faceboo…

    Palestinian media organizations held a temporary boycott of Facebook on Saturday in protest at the social networking giant's policies and decisions regarding Palestine-related content. Palestine TV, which is run by the Palestinian Authority, the Quds News Network, the Shehab News Agency and Palestine Today TV were among dozens of Palestinian news organizations taking part in the two-hour boycott of Facebook, which lasted from 5pm to 7pm Jerusalem time (1500-1700 GMT) on Saturday. Palestinian groups have complained for years that Facebook has been similarly censoring and removing pro-Palestini…

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    👍 | Twitter removes'dehumanising' Chinese embassy…

    Twitter on Saturday removed a controversial tweet by the Chinese embassy in Washington, after activists voiced outrage over its “dehumanising” message on Uighur women. The tweet, posted on Thursday, drew widespread condemnation for claiming that Uighur women have had their minds “emancipated” And are no longer “baby-making machines”. “We prohibit the dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, race, or ethnicity, among other categories,” a Twitter spokesperson told Ars Technica. China's embassy promoted on Thursday a study in state-run media that claimed that the birth rate de…

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    👍 | Twitter boots Trump to stop violence-sparking t…

    Twitter shut down President Donald Trump's account Friday, booting him from the global service to prevent another attack on the US Capitol building. Trump had fervently used @realDonaldTrump for proclamations, accusations and misinformation unchallenged for his entire time in office. Twitter'decision to permanently suspend Trump is considered overdue by critics who argue he has gotten away with abuses, but has inflamed members of the far-right who equate fact-checking with stifling free speech. “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account,” Twitter said in a blog pos…

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    👍 | Facebook bans Trump'indefinitely': Zuckerberg

    Facebook banned President Donald Trump from the platform “indefinitely” due to the US leader's efforts to incite the violence in the US capital this week, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday. Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page that the ban, which was announced Wednesday for 24 hours, was extended because of Trump's “use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.” “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” he wrote . “Therefore, we are extending the block we…