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    👍|Tweeting to remember: Twitter account commemora…

    “Supplying and developing the beachhead.” Image shows U.S. forces landing at Hagushi Bay, Okinawa, on March 29, 1945. Image public domain. March 23, 2021, marked the 76th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Okinawa, the first and only battle fought by U.S. soldiers on Japanese soil, and one Twitter account is making daily tweets that commemorate the months-long battle by narrating it as if it were happening in real-time. The Twitter account “On This Date During the Battle of Okinawa, 76 Years Ago” (沖縄戦、76年前の今日) shares daily links to blog posts that describe the terrible fighting, typical…

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    👍|How Azerbaijan’s government abused Facebook’s l…

    Photo by Alex Haney, Unsplash. https://unsplash.com/photos/AGqzy-Uj3s4 A series of recent reports by the British newspaper The Guardian revealed that Azerbaijani officials have been persistently abusing loopholes on Facebook in order to generate fake engagement. The investigation, which focuses on 25 different countries, showed Facebook has tolerated major abuses of its platform in small or non-Western nations as it prioritized issues that attracted international media attention or affected the United States and its adversaries, such as Russia and Iran. The Guardian’s report comes after the le…

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    👍|Ukrainian Central Election Commission official …

    Anzhela Yeremenko, former assistant to the head of Ukraine’s Central Election Commission and author of the Bad Mama blog. Photo from Facebook. Anzhela Yeremenko, a now former assistant to the Head of Ukraine’s Central Election Commission, has resigned from her job after facing criticism for a recent Facebook post discussing sex toys. While some Ukrainian social media users have castigated Yeremenko for “oversharing,” others have called the critical comments—and her decision to resign—an overreaction. Aside from her work in the Election Commission, Yeremenko also runs a popular personal Faceboo…

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    👍|Kenya police turn to Twitter PR as the arrest o…

    Kenya police have taken to Twitter in an effort to gain the population’s trust but their handling of the arrest of a high-profile blogger has instead brought on the fury of public opinion. On March 4, the official Twitter account of The Directorate of Criminal Investigations—Kenya @DCI_Kenya published a thread confirming the arrest of blogger Edgar Obare, for allegedly seeking to defraud and extort 10,000 U.S. dollars from a Kenyan politician. In a Twitter thread that contained a series of salacious posts, including photos of the blogger and his alleged accomplice, the DCI accused Obare of out…

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    👍|Twitter could be fully blocked in Russia within…

    Twitter could soon go from throttled to completely blocked in Russia. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. The microblogging service Twitter could be fully blocked in Russia within the next month, according to Russian state media and internet regulator Roskomnadzor. The regulator said on March 16 that the platform continues to ignore its demands to remove allegedly illegal content. If the offending posts remain online, Roskomnadzor indicated it is prepared to fully block the service, making it inaccessible for users in Russia. Vadim Subbotin, Roskomnadzor’s deputy head, told the state news agen…

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    👍|Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor throttl…

    Russian state internet regulator Roskomnadzor announced it was throttling Twitter loading speeds for failing to remove illegal content. Screenshot from Roskomnadzor’s own Twitter account. Roskomnadzor, the Russian state media and internet regulator, announced on March 10 that it would begin to throttle the loading speeds for Twitter, in a bid to punish the microblogging platform for failing to delete content deemed illegal by Russian censors. In the statement, Roskomnadzor said the move comes after multiple requests to take down offensive content and threats of fines, which Twitter is said to …

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    👍|Facebook draws furious response for blocking ne…

    News blocked by Facebook: Screenshot from ABC TV News video of an interview with Jeff Jarvis of the City University of New York. Facebook users have been outraged by the social networking giant’s blocking of news stories in Australia. The ongoing dispute between Facebook and the Australian government came to a head on February 18, 2021, when the platform blocked news over a draft code of conduct concerning payment for news content. The legislation drafted by the Australian government “would force tech giants Facebook and Google to negotiate with media companies over payment for linking to thei…

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    👍|Indian farmers’ protests: Twitter withholds, th…

    Indian farmers’ protest in December 2020. Image via Wikimedia Commons by Randeep Maddoke. CC0 Public Domain. On February 1, Twitter temporarily blocked people in India from viewing more than 250 accounts that appeared to express support to the farmers’ protests that have rocked the country for the past four months. The accounts were restored around six hours later. Twitter then told news agency ANI that it withheld the accounts in response to a request from India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT to block accounts that had tweeted the hashtag #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide for making “fake, provoc…

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    👍|Malaysia’s internet regulator deactivates Twitt…

    Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Source: Facebook The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) became a Twitter trend on January 12 after netizens exposed misogynist and racist tweets made by its official account in 2014. MCMC later issued a statement denying the authenticity of the tweets before deactivating its Twitter account. After the Malaysian government declared a state of emergency in response to surging COVID-19 cases, MCMC advised internet users — especially those opposed to the new directive — to be polite in their social media comments. It warned…

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    👍|‘Stop silencing MENA critical voices,’ say acti…

    A mobile phone stacked with many major social media platforms. Photo by Tracy Le Blanc from Pexels, a free photo database. Seventeen human rights organizations from the Middle East and North Africa region issued a joint statement on Thursday to Facebook and Twitter, denouncing social media platforms’ shushing of dissent voices by pulling down their accounts. The letter, in which Global Voices is a signatory, marked the 10th anniversary of the so-called Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia and rippled across the region. Over the past decade, activists and peaceful protesters have heavily relied …

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    👍|Latin American Facebook users weigh in on US el…

    “And the wall?”. Meme widely shared in Guatemala as a commentary of the U.S. 2020 presidential elections’ results.On November 7, Joe Biden beat out Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential elections. News outlets quickly began covering reactions from Latin American leaders, but how has Biden’s election win (and Trump’s loss) been discussed on Facebook?A simple search on Crowdtangle, a Facebook monitoring tool, gave some anecdotal results. A search using the word “elecciones” (elections) from November 7 to November 9 brought up the most shared images on Facebook per country.While not a comprehe…

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    👍|Facebook to include Holocaust denial in its def…

    The infamous cynical phrase “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work sets you free” in German) at the entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland, now part of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Photo by Meta.mk/Bojan Blazhevski, used with permission.This story was originally published by Meta.mk. An edited version is republished here via a content-sharing agreement between Global Voices and Metamorphosis Foundation.Facebook is changing its rules to include Holocaust denial in its definition of hate speech, after facing criticism for not doing enough to tackle this form of disin…

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    👍|Facebook denies accusations of fuelling hate sp…

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg in the USA (2015). Image from Flickr by Narendra Modi. CC BY-2.0.On September 16, Facebook India’s chief issued a statement denying accusations that the social media giant is making profits by giving a platform to hate speech in India. The clarification comes weeks after the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that the tech giant refused to take down posts by members of India’s ruling party—the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)— which flouted its hate speech rules.Facebook has been embroiled in a controversy of fuelling ha…

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    👍|Holocaust denial should be considered hate spee…

    The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is located on the site of the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland. Photo by Meta.mk/Bojan Blazhevski, used with permission.This story was originally published by Meta.mk. An edited version is republished here via a content-sharing agreement between Global Voices and Metamorphosis Foundation.The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), an international organization that negotiates compensation and restitution for victims of Nazi persecution, continues to lobby Facebook to include Holocaust denial in …

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    🏛|Reorienting Taiwan and Hong Kong: New avenues f…

    Thirtieth celebration of the June 4, 1989 massacre on Tiananmen Square, taking place in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on June 4, 2019, with the presence of Hong Kong activists on stage. Photo by Filip Noubel, used with permission.This article by Brian Hioe was originally published on Lausan, and is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.Editor’s note: “China” in this article, if unspecified, refers to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), excluding Hong Kong.A 2019 concert by symphonic death metal band Chthonic drew 30,000 participants and fe…

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    👍|Islamophobic post on Facebook leads to deadly v…

    Image via Pexels by Pixabay. Free to use (CC0)An inflammatory Facebook post provoked violent clashes between protesters and police in Bangalore on August 11, leaving three dead and dozens injured.The post alleged sexual offenses against a minor and was considered to be a smear of the Prophet Muhammad. It was shared by P Naveen, nephew of Srinivas Murthy, a politician by the opposition party Indian National Congress (INC). The post has since been deleted.Shortly after it was shared, a mob protested outside Murthy’s house, located in the village of Devarajeevanahalli, in a rural area of Bangalor…

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    👍|Pakistan blocks Twitter, Zoom and Periscope to …

    Image by edar from Pixabay. Used under a Pixabay License.According to the internet blockade observatory NetBlocks, after Twitter went down all across Pakistan from 10 p.m on May 17 to 1.30 am on May 18, 2020 Pakistan Standard Time, the bulk of reports it received from the country described a loss of access to affected services. Media Matters for Democracy from Pakistan reports the outage and calls upon the government to issue an official statement on the matter, clarifying whether Twitter was blocked and if it was, on what grounds.“This incident merits clarity on part of the authorities, and w…