7 - 13 October: Digital Rights Weekly Update


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Civil Society Organizations Launch a Campaign to Call on META to Stop Censoring Palestinian Voices (English)


7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media in cooperation with a group of local, regional and international civil society organizations, launched the “Meta, Let Palestine Speak” campaign yesterday. Their efforts entail a coordinated social media campaign and a detailed and interactive official campaign website. The purpose of the campaign is to call on Meta (Facebook & Instagram) to end its discriminatory policies and practices on Palestinian content across its platforms. This campaign came as a direct response to the recently published independent Human Rights Due Diligence Report issued by the global nonprofit - Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and the campaign includes coordinated efforts to send emails to Meta executives.


Meta’s Clampdown on Palestine Speech is Far from ‘Unintentional’ (English)

+972 Magazine

After much anticipation and delay, an independent consultancy finally released its report on the conduct of Meta — the social media giant that runs Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp — during the events of May 2021 in Israel-Palestine. Following a bout of censorship during that violent month — which witnessed a mass Palestinian uprising, Israeli repression, and a war on Gaza — Meta commissioned Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to conduct a review into its moderation policies for Arabic and Hebrew language content across all three platforms, and to produce a human rights due diligence report.


A Movement to Expose Role of Big Tech Companies in Promoting Israeli Occupation and Apartheid (English)

Peoples Dispatch

Hundreds of employees of the world’s biggest tech companies have joined together to prevent their employers’ collaboration with the state of Israel. The movement called ‘No Tech for Apartheid’ raises questions related to big tech companies such as Google and Amazon’s disregard for ethical standards and their growing complicity with the Israeli occupation and apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories. A joint statement issued with the consent of over 1,000 Google and Amazon employees on the dedicated website of the movement asserts that “technology should be used to bring people together, not enable apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and settler colonialism.” The movement claims to be inspired by the successful fight against apartheid in South Africa.


Palestine Advances 27 Points in Fixed Internet Speed Globally (Arabic) 

Raya FM

On Monday, the Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology announced that Palestine advanced to the 69th rank globally in fixed internet speed, during August 2022. The ministry posted on Facebook that “Palestine advanced to the 69th place globally in August by 27 points compared to July, in fixed internet speed, at a speed of 63.51 Mbps, according to the global platform Ookla. According to the ministry, this progress comes after the launch of the FTTH internet service by a number of telecom companies.

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