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    👍 | Facebook says Iran-based spies targeted defense…

    Facebook on Thursday said it disrupted an Iran-based espionage operation targeting defense and aerospace workers in Europe and the United States. This effort was highly targeted, ”Dvilyanski said in a telephone briefing.“ It is hard for us to know how successful this campaign was, but it had all the hallmarks of a well-resourced operation. ”Some of the malicious code used in the cyber spying campaign was developed by Mahak Rayan Afraz tech…

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    👍 | What will Twitter's feminine Arabic option mean…

    On June 15, Twitter launched a new language setting that allows Arabic language users to choose the feminine form in what they said was a bid to champion inclusive language. The company also initiated a campaign titled #FeminineArabic for people to join the discussion as well as partner with brands including Adidas, Microsoft, Mastercard, and Samsung. Where the Arabic language settings on the website were previously in male form, for example, the words “tweet” or “gharrid” (Arabic) and “explore” or “istakshif” (Arabic), will now be able to be viewed in feminine form, “istakshify” and “gharridy…

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    👍 | Facebook, Twitter vow to tackle racial abuse of…

    Facebook and Twitter said Monday they were scrambling to take down racially abusive comments directed at members of the England football team following a heartbreaking loss in Sunday's Euro 2020 final. The US social media giants said they were taking down racist and hateful content which had prompted condemnation From British political leaders. The actions came after a stream of abusive messages on Twitter and Facebook-owned Instagram directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, the three players who missed England's penalties on Sunday. …

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    👍 | Facebook scrubs disinformation network linked t…

    Facebook on Wednesday announced the removal of a disinformation network allegedly run by the Jordanian military, which was aimed at increasing nationalist sentiment and discouraging extremism. The disinformation network, which was operating on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and Twitter, was linked to “individuals” in Jordan including those associated with the Jordanian military, ”according to Facebook. The social media accounts posted videos and pictures which extolled the virtues of Jordanian King Abdullah II and the military, while also criticising the Islamic State group (IS). Despite Amman's…

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    👍 | Bangladeshi cleric issues fatwa on Facebook emoji

    A prominent Muslim Bangladeshi cleric with a huge online following has issued a fatwa against people using Facebook's “haha” emoji to mock people. Ahmadullah, who uses one name, has more than three million followers on Facebook and YouTube. He regularly appears on television shows On Saturday he posted a three-minute video in which he discussed the mocking of people on Facebook and issued a fatwa, an Islamic edict, explaining how it is “totally haram (forbidden)” for Muslims. “Nowadays we use Facebook's haha ​​emojis to mock people,” Ah…

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    📱 | EU launches antitrust probe against Google over…

    The EU launched a wide-ranging antitrust probe against Google Tuesday over concerns that it is using its technology to keep out rivals in the lucrative online advertising market. The case opens yet another front by the European Commission against the search engine giant, which has already received eight billion euros ($ 9 billion) in fines for its anti-competitive practices. The investigation will “assess whether Google has violated EU competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services”, a statement from the EU executive said. narrows in on an import…

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    👍 | Twitter launches inclusive'Arabic (feminine)'…

    Social media giant Twitter has launched a new offering for those wanting it to address them in the Arabic feminine form. “Arabic (feminine)” was released on Tuesday to help boost inclusivity, Reuters reported. San Francisco-based Twitter claims such a setting has It is now selectable on the site and transforms current usage. While the Arabic language usually uses masculine grammar in cases. It is now selectable on the site and transforms current usage. of indeterminate gender, or when talking to groups containing different…

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    👍 | Netanyahu's son suspended by Facebook, Twitter…

    Facebook removed a social media post by the son of Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu which detailed the address of a right-wing lawmaker on Thursday, before three of his social media accounts were temporarily suspended. Yair Netanyahu shared a poster on Instagram encouraging supporters of his embattled father to protest outside the home of Yamina MK Nir Orbach, in a bid to pressure the latter not to join a coalition deal aimed at ending his father's 12-year grip on Israeli politics. Both Facebook and Instagram blocked Netanyahu's account for 24 hours. Yair took to Twitter to blame “left-wing te…

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    👍 | Iran presidential hopefuls demand end to Twitte…

    Iranian presidential candidates have jumped on the issue of social media restrictions, in an effort to win votes over, with traditionally conservative candidates also shifting position. Conservative candidates on the campaign trail have expressed their opposition to the online blocks, with Saeed Jalili describing the filtering Of Twitter as “unjustified”. Globally popular social media applications such as Facebook and Twitter have been blocked or filtered in Iran since 2009. With Iranians set to go to the polls on 18 June, hopeful candidates have been attempting to build support, but in light…

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    👍 | Facebook bans former US president Trump for 2 y…

    Facebook on Friday set its ban on former US president Donald Trump for two years, saying he deserved the maximum punishment for violating platform rules over a deadly attack by his supporters on the US Capitol. The two-year ban will be effective from January 7, When Trump was booted off the platform, and comes after Facebook's independent oversight board said the indefinite ban should be reviewed. “Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump's suspension, we believe his actions composed a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new…

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    👍 | Facebook workers' letter'seeks movement on Pal…

    An open letter signed by almost 200 Facebook workers asks the platform for change on Palestine. The message calls for policies to be brought in to stop pro-Palestine posts being unjustly deleted or downranked, the Financial Times, which has viewed the letter, said on Tuesday. During the Israeli bombing campaign against Gaza last month, employees and others argued such enforcement had occurred. Many activists said they faced censorship from Facebook and other social media organisations. In late May, at least 30 company employees filed an internal appeal seeking the restoration of content on Fac…

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    👍 | Facebook employees accuse company of bias again…

    A group of at least 30 Facebook employees has accused the social media giant of bias against Palestinians, amid soaring allegations of censorship of Arabic content during Israel's recent assault on Gaza. The workers filed an internal appeal to restore content on Facebook and Instagram, which they Believe was improperly blocked or removed. The group of software engineers put the company's algorithm to the test and found it skewed in favorite of Israel, Buzzfeed reported. As an experiment, an Egyptian employee posted content from Gaza Now, a verified news outlet with nearly 4 million followers, to…

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    👍 | Activists give Facebook one-star reviews over P…

    Activists are using Facebook's rating system to leave one-star reviews in an organized campaign protesting the social media giant's alleged censorship of Palestinian accounts and posts in solidarity with the suffering of people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Users are sharing the campaign across social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and are urging people to leave one-star reviews in the Apple and Google App stores. Last week the average star rating for the social network was 4 out of 5. This week it is 2.4 out of 5 on Google Play store, and 2.3 out of 5 on Apple'…

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    👍 | Facebook rating falls as users slam suppression…

    Facebook is facing a flurry of negative comments and ratings in response to its alleged suppression and censorship of supportive messages for the Palestinian people. The social networking giant has been accused by Palestine activists of blocking content that is supportive of Palestinian rights, as well as content That is critical of the Israeli occupation. Some have even gone as far as accusing the US company of colluding with Israel. At the time of writing, Facebook's rating on the Apple App Store is 2.1, while it fairs only slightly better on Google's Play Store with 2.4, both out of a possi…

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    📱 | Jewish Google employees call for Palestine supp…

    Jewish employees at Google are calling for the tech giant to show greater support for Palestinians and free speech, amid concerns about the erasure of Palestinian voices. Jewish Diaspora in Tech has circulated a letter it says includes signatures from 250 Jewish Google employees objecting to the conflation It lists a set of demands to Google's management about its handling of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza and assaults on Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank by Israeli police and far-right mobs. The let…

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    👍 | Facebook to meet with Palestinian officials ove…

    Facebook, Twitter and TikTok representatives are expected to meet with Palestinian officials this week to discuss hate speech and incitements to violence on the platform amid Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Top Facebook lobbyists Nick Clegg and Joel Kaplan and several TikTok executives met over Zoom with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday and discussed the “spread of misinformation and violent threats on the social network”, Politico reported. Facebook's policy director for Israel and the Jewish diaspora (former Benjamin Netanyahu advisor and Likud staff member) Jordana Cu…

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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…