Digital Rights Weekly Update October 8 - 15, 2020


This weekly update is prepared by 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media. For further information please visit our website at ​​.


1.TikTok calls time on Israel's extremists (well, some of them) - Middle East Monitor

While the Israeli government seems happy to put up with the hate-fuelled rhetoric spewing out of Lehava, which is a far-right organization which is allowed to espouse all sorts of racist opinions inside Israel, the social network phenomenon known as Tik Tok in less than a week blocked the Lehava group after initially removing videos deemed to be offensive which had been posted by the Israeli extremists.

2.TikTok... boom! Israeli army's social media has ‘big smiles' and soldiers doing yoga. You know what's missing - Haaretz

Israel's army is a savvy player on social media, using it to win the hearts of future recruits as well as to disseminate its own narrative in cyberspace. 

3.Israel Extends Digital Surveillance of Citizens, Despite Lack of Coronavirus Data  - Haaretz 

With a very low success rate and few real details, the Shin Bet’s mandate for contact tracing was extended for the fifth time.

4.The spread of fake news in Palestine, and the online bullying of children (Arabic) - Monte Carlo Doualiya

7amleh published in August 2020 a research paper entitled “Fake News in Palestine - Exploratory Research into the Content, Channels and Responses”, prepared by Saleh Mashariqa, researcher and media instructor at Birzeit University.

5.Facebook bans posts denying the Holocaust (Arabic) - Arab48

Facebook will ban all posts that "deny or distort" the Holocaust committed by the Nazis against Jews, by an additional measure that restricts the rules for moderating content that American societies have long been demanding.

6.Removing Holocaust Denial Content - Facebook

Facebook updated its hate speech policy to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust. They have recently banned anti-Semitic stereotypes about the collective power of Jews that often depicts them running the world or its major institutions. 


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