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    👍|Facebook violated rights of Palestinian users, …

    Actions by Facebook and its parent Meta during last year’s Gaza war violated the rights of Palestinian users to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, political participation and non-discrimination, a report commissioned by the social media company has found. The report Thursday from independent consulting firm Business for Social Responsibility confirmed long-standing criticisms of Meta’s policies and their uneven enforcement as it relates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: It found the company over-enforced rules when it came to Arabic content and under-enforced content in Hebrew. It,…

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    👍|WhatsApp says it is working to keep Iranians co…

    Meta Platforms Inc’s WhatsApp said on Thursday that it was working to keep users in Iran connected after the country restricted access to the app and social media platform Instagram. WhatsApp “will do anything” within its technical capacity to keep the service accessible and that it was not blocking Iranian phone numbers, the messaging service said in a tweet. We exist to connect the world privately. We stand with the rights of people to access private messaging. We are not blocking Iranian numbers. We are working to keep our Iranian friends connected and will do anything within our technical …

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    📱|Hey Google! Target Palestinian Activists

    Last week, Google workers took to the streets to protest against their own company. In New York City, San Francisco, Durham, and Seattle they protested against Google, the tech giant’s collaboration with Israel, and Project Nimbus. Project Nimbus is part of $1.2 billion contract between Israel, Amazon, and Google, to provide cloud computing services to the Israeli government, and it’s feared that with this technology, Israel’s intense surveillance and persecution of the Palestinian people will be rapidly increased and expanded. The San Francisco protest last week was led by Ariel Koren. Ariel …

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    👍|Qatar launches missing children alerts on FB, I…

    Qatar launched an alert service on Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday to help find missing children, making it the first country in the Middle East. The move was announced by the ministry of information as part of a collaboration with the two social media platforms’ mother company Meta, The Peninsula Qatar reported. Using the platforms’ AMBER alert system, users within a 160km radius of a missing report will receive an alert. The reports can be shared by Instagram and Facebook users, allowing for greater awareness. 🧒A new smart alert feature has been launched on Facebook and Instagram that no…

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    👍|Tens of Gazan journalists blocked from Facebook…

    Tens of Palestinian journalists, activists and writers have been pushed off social media or had their posts censored for covering Israel’s August bombardment of the Gaza strip, in shocking new revelations. Facebook, TikTok and Whatsapp have all been accused of closing the accounts of Gazans reporting civilian deaths by Lebanese press freedom organisation SKeyes. “I posted a number of photos detailing the civilians killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on 17 August,” said freelance journalist Omar Abu Nada to SKeyes. “They then accused me of breaching their publishing standards. This also …

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    👍|How Facebook is implicated in India’s Islamopho…

    On the 14th of July, the same day that Meta unveiled its human rights report from 2020-21, a Netherland-based watchdog released its study of hate speech on Facebook in India. The study revealed “extensive fan page networks using Facebook to widely amplify hate speech and calls to violence and genocide against Indian Muslims.” Netherland-based watchdog The London Story (TLS), which monitors misinformation and hate speeches, released “Preachers of Hate: Documenting Hate Speech on Facebook India” in response to Meta’s report which failed to release its full report on the Human Rights Impact Asses…

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    📱|Google and Amazon workers demand #NoTechforApar…

    Google and Amazon workers will hold a ‘Day of Action’ on Thursday against their companies’ recent billion-dollar deal with the Israeli government. The action is part of the #NoTechforApartheid movement calling for the cancellation of Project Nimbus over grave human rights concerns. The deal will see Amazon and Google provide Israel with artificial intelligence tools and other tech services, leading to concerns from rights groups, tech experts, pro-Palestine activists, and even shareholders. Israel has routinely harnessed the latest technology to target Palestinian activists and surveil the loc…

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    📱|Google worker quits over ‘silencing’ of pro-Pal…

    A Google employee who slammed the tech giant’s $1.2 billion deal with the Israeli government has quit her lucrative job, after the company “retaliated” against her over her pro-Palestine campaigning. Ariel Koren, product manager at Google for Education, told colleagues she was quitting the company at the end of the week over the alleged targeting of her activism against Israeli human rights abuses. Koren campaigned against a $1.2 billion agreement between Google and Amazon to provide artificial intelligence tools and other services to the Israeli government over the country’s human rights abus…

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    📱|Google is aiding and abetting Israel’s surveill…

    Israel is known for maintaining one the most intrusive regimes of surveillance and control in the world. Its victims are a restive Palestinian population under military occupation. This system has become the sine qua non of the surveillance state. As such, the country’s technology sector is largely geared to producing products that advance its goals and needs. This enables its military intelligence apparatus to monitor public movement, social media content, communications, CCTV, and more. It is a comprehensive system of digital control. In fact, it is so effective that other countries facing e…

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    👍|Former Twitter worker convicted of spying for S…

    A former Twitter employee has been convicted of failing to register as an agent for Saudi Arabia and other charges after accessing private data on users critical of the kingdom’s government in a spy case that spanned from Silicon Valley to the Middle East. Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen and former media partnership manager for Twitter’s Middle East region, was charged in 2019 with acting as an agent of Saudi Arabia without registering with the US government. A jury found him guilty on six counts, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. The jury acquitted him on another fi…

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    👍|Activists slam Instagram for restricting Gaza p…

    Activists online have slammed the photo-sharing app Instagram for reportedly censoring images of Alaa Qaddoum, a five-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed by Israeli air strikes on Friday in the besieged Gaza Strip. Activist and hip-hop artist Lowkey took to Twitter to indicate that the Meta-owned app had deleted his Instagram story regarding Alaa’s killing on the grounds of “violating community guidelines on violent and dangerous organisations”. It appears that Instagram is censoring pictures of Alaa Abdullah Riyad Qaddoum, the 5-year-old girl killed by Israel yesterday. Worth noting that…

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    👍|Twitter breach exposed anonymous account owners

    A vulnerability in Twitter’s software that exposed an undetermined number of owners of anonymous accounts to potential identity compromise last year was apparently exploited by a malicious actor, the social media company said Friday. It did not confirm a report that data on 5.4 million users was offered for sale online as a result but said users worldwide were affected. The breach is especially worrisome because many Twitter account owners, including human rights activists, do not disclose their identities in their profiles for security reasons that include fear of persecution by repressive au…

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    👍|Musk countersuit accuses Twitter of fraud

    Elon Musk accused Twitter of fraud in a countersuit over his aborted $44 billion deal for the social media company, which he said held back necessary information and misled his team about its true user base, according to media reports. According to The Washington Post, the countersuit filed by the billionaire and Tesla CEO filed Thursday alleges that Twitter committed fraud, breach of contract and violation of the Texas Securities Act. Musk’s counterclaims were filed confidentially last week and unsealed in a filing late Thursday at the Delaware Chancery Court, the Wall Street Journal reported…

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    👍|Twitter rejects Musk’s claims that he was hoodw…

    Twitter Inc. on Thursday dismissed Elon Musk’s claims in a Delaware court filing that he was hoodwinked into signing the deal to buy the social media company, saying that it was “implausible and contrary to fact.” Musk made the claims in a countersuit that he filed under seal last Friday, which was made public on Thursday. “According to Musk, he — the billionaire founder of multiple companies, advised by Wall Street bankers and lawyers — was hoodwinked by Twitter into signing a $44 billion merger agreement. That story is as implausible and contrary to fact as it sounds,” the filing released by…

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    👍|Shareholders to vote on Twitter sale to Musk in…

    Twitter on Tuesday urged shareholders to endorse the $44 billion deal Elon Musk made to buy the online podium, setting a vote on the merger for 13 September. The firm is locked in a legal battle with the Tesla boss over his effort to walk away from the agreement, and a judge has called for a trial to begin in October. NEW: Twitter will host a shareholder meeting on September 13 to vote on the Musk deal — Kurt Wagner (@KurtWagner8) “Twitter believes that Mr Musk’s purported termination is invalid and wrongful, and the merger agreement remains in effect,” chief executive Parag Agrawal and board …

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    👍|Facebook removes Afghan media pages controlled …

    Facebook has removed the accounts of at least two state-owned media outlets in Afghanistan, the company confirmed Thursday, saying it was complying with laws in the United States listing the Taliban as a “terrorist organisation”. The Taliban have made liberal use of Facebook and Twitter since seizing power in August last year, and have a firm grip on state-owned media in the country – including radio and TV stations, and newspapers. While Facebook parent Meta did not list the banned media outlets, state broadcaster National Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) and the government-owned Bakhtar ne…

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    👍|Twitter stock plummets after Musk abandons take…

    Twitter stock fell Monday after Tesla chief Elon Musk ditched a $44 billion deal to buy the social media giant. The platform stock dropped 5.46 percent on Wall Street, to $34.80 by around 7:05 am (11:05 GMT). It had lost 5.10 percent before the weekend. Musk on Friday pulled the plug on the deal, accusing the company of “misleading” statements about the number of fake accounts, according to a letter from his lawyers, a copy of which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Musk’s effort to terminate the deal that he inked in April sets the stage for an epic court battle over a bi…

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    👍|Musk ditches Twitter deal, triggering defiant r…

    Elon Musk is attempting to pull out of his $44 billion Twitter deal. Twitter says will sue Elon Musk to enforce deal. Elon Musk on Friday pulled the plug on his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, accusing the social media giant of “misleading” statements about the number of fake accounts, a regulatory filing showed. Musk’s effort to terminate the deal that he inked in April sets the stage for an epic court battle over a billion-dollar breakup fee and more. “Mr. Musk hereby exercises (the) right to terminate the Merger Agreement and abandon the transaction,” his lawyers said in a letter to Twitte…

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    👍|Social media giants ‘regularly censor pro-Pales…

    At least 425 violations and acts of censorship against Palestinian content online have been documented throughout the first half of this year, according to an NGO. The Sada Social Centre, a Ramallah-based NGO that monitors social networking sites, said the violations are carried out in an attempt to “fight” the Palestinian narrative with reference to occupation, violence and various other forms of injustices executed by Israeli authorities and forces. Facebook is the social network site that suppressed Palestinian content the most in the first of half of 2022, according to Sada, with 273 viola…

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    👍|UK army says Twitter, YouTube accounts breached

    Britain’s army said its Twitter and YouTube accounts had been breached on Sunday. As of 19:00 UK time (1800 GMT), the @BritishArmy handle, which is verified by Twitter, had retweeted a number of posts promoting non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on its timeline. The army YouTube account had been renamed ‘Ark Invest’ and showed several videos relating to cryptocurrency. “We are aware of a breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is under way,” an army spokesperson said. “We take information security extremely seriously and are resolving the issue. Until the investigation i…

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    👍|Twitter bots will not silence us Palestinians

    One night, at the height of my final semester of graduate school, I was having a sleepless night. I don’t remember why I was tossing and turning, but I remember after an hour of frustrated attempts to sleep, I found myself mindlessly scrolling Twitter. Through squinted eyes, I noticed that my Twitter notifications were lighting up consistently, the blue signal indicating that I had over twenty notifications every few minutes. I clicked my notifications tab and jolted up. I had row upon row of updates about new followers. I was perplexed. Had I tweeted something that had gone viral? How were so…

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    👍|Elon Musk muses on aliens, Twitter’s future in …

    Elon Musk addressed Twitter employees for the first time on Thursday, projecting a need for “rationalisation of headcount” but offering few other new details about his $44-billion takeover of the social media company. Musk appeared via video call 10 minutes late to what turned out to be a freewheeling question and answer session moderated by a Twitter executive, in which Musk mused about the existence of aliens and other space civilisations and his view that Twitter should help “civilisation and consciousness.” He told Twitter staff he wants to raise the service’s user numbers to at least a bi…

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    👍|Musk to address Twitter staff amid buyout turmoil

    Elon Musk is set to field questions Thursday from wary Twitter workers eager to know if he intends to complete his turbulent $44 billion buyout bid and roll back limits for what people can say on the platform. In his first meeting with staffers roiled by his move to buy the company, he is slated to answer pre-submitted queries for about an hour that will run the gamut from remote work policies to financial strategy. The billionaire Tesla owner has already made comments on how he’d run the platform — includinglifting Donald Trump’s ban \– but his words will this time be addressed directly to …

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    👍|How pro-Palestinian censorship has exposed Inst…

    Patience has been wearing thin among social media activists posting Palestine-related content on Instagram as the platform has proved it is willing to selectively censor certain content depending on the ideological beliefs and political orientations, particularly on the timely conflict in Al-Aqsa Mosque. “Your story goes against our community guidelines”, “Your account may be deleted”, “Your account may be temporarily suspended due to multiple violations of our community guidelines”, and “Sensitive content” are some of the repetitive phrases that thousands of accounts have been receiving from …

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    👍|Twitter: Elon Musk faces ‘market manipulation’ …

    Elon Musk faces a lawsuit accusing him of pushing down Twitter’s stock price in order to either give himself an escape hatch from his $44 billion buyout bid, or room to negotiate a discount. The suit alleges the billionaire Tesla boss tweeted and made statements intended to create doubt about the deal, which has roiled the social media platform for weeks. Filed on Wednesday by a shareholder, the claim seeks class action status and calls on a federal court in San Francisco to back the validity of the deal and award shareholders any damages allowed by law. Musk said last week that his bid to buy…

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    👍|Musk pledges $6.25bn in equity to fund Twitter …

    Elon Musk on Wednesday pledged an additional $6.25 billion in equity financing to fund the $44-billion offer for Twitter Inc, reducing the billionaire’s margin loan against his Tesla Inc shares to zero. The disclosure made in a regulatory filing on Wednesday signalled Musk is working to complete the deal even though he had last week linked its progress to Twitter presenting proof that spam bots accounted for less than 5% of the total users. While doubting that spam bots accounted for at least 20% of the users, the world’s richest man and Tesla top boss had suggested he could seek a lower price…

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    👍|Quran predicted Facebook, internet says Egyptia…

    A popular Egyptian Islamic preacher has said that the Quran predicted the advent of social media and the internet over 14 centuries ago, stirring controversy and criticism. Dr. Mabrook Atiyah, a professor at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, said in a livestream on Facebook on Sunday: “Did anyone tell you that the internet and Facebook are mentioned in the Quran?” He said that the modern-day phenomena were predicted in verse 83 of Surah 4 of the Quran, which is entitled “Women”. “I swear to God that the internet and Facebook are in verse 83,” he said. The verse reads: “And when there comes to them …

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    👍|Twitter to tackle Ukraine misinformation with w…

    Twitter Inc will begin placing warning notices in front of some misleading content regarding the conflict in Ukraine and limit the spread of claims debunked by humanitarian groups or other credible sources, the social media company said on Thursday. The step-up against misinformation around Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation,” is part of a new policy that outlines how Twitter will approach misinformation during crises. Social media platforms have faced increasing scrutiny over how they determine and handle misinformation. Twitter has agreed to sell i…

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    👍|Elon Musk says no Twitter deal without spam acc…

    Billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday his bid to buy Twitter won’t proceed unless he gets proof of the number of spam accounts plaguing the platform, adding more uncertainty to his rollercoaster pursuit of the social media giant. This latest twist to his $44 billion move to acquire the key platform sparked speculation over whether the world’s richest person was trying to shrink the price tag or even back away from the deal. Hours after Musk’s early morning tweet over bots, Twitter insisted the deal push through, and without delay. “Twitter is committed to completing the transaction on the agre…

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    👍|Musk says deal to buy Twitter ‘temporarily on h…

    Elon Musk said on Friday he was putting a temporary halt on his much-anticipated deal to buy Twitter, sending shares in the social media giant plunging. Musk, the world’s richest man and founder of automaker Tesla, had made the eradication of spam accounts and bots one of the centerpieces of his proposed $44 billion takeover of Twitter. When the deal was announced in late April he said he wanted to make Twitter “better than ever” by “defeating the spam bots and authenticating all humans”. But on Friday he wrote: “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam…

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    📱|Google computer glasses translate conversations…

    The science-fiction is harder to see in Google’s second try at glasses with a built-in computer. A decade after the debut of Google Glass, a nubby, sci-fi-looking pair of specs that filmed what wearers saw but raised concerns about privacy and received low marks for design, the Alphabet Inc unit on Wednesday previewed a yet-unnamed pair of standard-looking glasses that display translations of conversations in real time and showed no hint of a camera. The new augmented-reality pair of glasses was just one of several longer-term products Google unveiled at its annual Google I/O developer confere…

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    👍|Why Elon Musk’s Twitter buyout is bad for the M…

    In April 2022 Twitter accepted a 44 billion dollar bid from Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, to buy the social media microblogging site Twitter. Musk’s hyper-libertarian support of freedom of speech prompted fears that Twitter would degenerate further into a toxic, anything-goes playground. But how social media is used depends on social and political context. Musk’s particular ire of the ‘far left’ is a warning shot to those groups tackling hate speech, disinformation, and persecution. If anything, the libertarian view espoused by Musk will be worrying for minorities, such as Muslims in Eur…

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    👍|Elon Musk says he would lift Twitter ban on Trump

    Elon Musk said on Tuesday that as owner of Twitter he would lift the ban on Donald Trump, contending that kicking the former US president off the platform “alienated a large part of the country.” Musk’s endorsement of a Trump return to the global messaging platform triggered fears among activists that Musk would “open the floodgates of hate.” “I would reverse the permanent ban,” the billionaire said at a Financial Times conference, noting that he doesn’t own Twitter yet, so “this is not like a thing that will definitely happen.” Trump has stated publicly that he would not come back to Twitter …

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    👍|Musk’s $44 bln Twitter buyout challenged in sha…

    Elon Musk and Twitter Inc were sued on Friday by a Florida pension fund seeking to stop Musk from completing his $44 billion takeover of the social media company before 2025. In a proposed class action filed in Delaware Chancery Court, the Orlando Police Pension Fund said Delaware law forbade a quick merger because Musk had agreements with other big Twitter shareholders, including his financial adviser Morgan Stanley and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, to support the buyout. The fund said those agreements made Musk, who owns 9.6% of Twitter, the effective “owner” of more than 15% of the company’s…

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    👍|Saudi prince U-turns on rejection of Musk’s Twi…

    Elon Musk is expected to be “an excellent leader” for social media giant Twitter, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Thursday, as the billionaire royal confirmed plans to hold on to his stake in the company. Musk’s planned takeover of the microblogging platform had earlier been criticised by the Saudi prince who said the Tesla founder’s $44 billion offer to purchase Twitter does not come close to its “intrinsic value”. “Being one of the largest & long-term shareholders of Twitter, @Kingdom_KHC & I reject this offer,” he said at the time, referring to his Kingdom Holding Company. …