Digital Rights Weekly Update 1 - 7 December


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Palestinian groups accuse Meta of unfairly moderating speech amid Israel-Hamas conflict (English) 


Several Palestinian advocacy groups are calling on the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to address long-standing content moderation issues they allege have unfairly restricted Palestinian speech in the wake of the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in October. The “Meta: Let Palestine Speak” petition accuses the tech giant of unfairly removing content and suspending or “shadow banning” accounts from Palestinians, while failing to adequately address “incendiary Hebrew-language content.”


Tik Tok under western pressure to censor pro-Palestine voices (English) 


TikTok’s Chief Executive Officer Shou Chew recently met 40 business leaders, including many from the tech field, who sought to push for the app to take “a more neutral stance” on the campaign of genocide unfolding in the Gaza Strip, Bloomberg reported on 30 November. 

The meeting included other TikTok executives and several investment partners, who forwarded a letter signed by 90 professionals in an effort to get TikTok to “uphold its commitment” to “prevent harm,” according to investment partner Anthony Goldbloom.  

Signatories of the letter expressed that they felt the app was violating this clause as claims of “antisemitism” have increased since the 7 October Hamas-led Al-Aqsa Flood operation. 


Is Israel criminalising Palestinian thoughts too, amid Gaza war? (English) 


Following the October 7 Hamas attack, Israel has been clamping down on pro-Palestinian sentiment within its borders, including passing an amendment to its counterterrorism law that has been criticised for violating civil and human rights.

Much has changed for Jews and Palestinians living inside Israel since the Hamas attack, which killed about 1,200 people, and the subsequent devastation wrought by Israel on Gaza, which has killed more than 14,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children.


A mass assassination factory’: Inside Israel’s calculated bombing of Gaza (English) 

+972 Magazine 

The Israeli army’s expanded authorization for bombing non-military targets, the loosening of constraints regarding expected civilian casualties, and the use of an artificial intelligence system to generate more potential targets than ever before, appear to have contributed to the destructive nature of the initial stages of Israel’s current war on the Gaza Strip, an investigation by +972 Magazine and Local Call reveals. These factors, as described by current and former Israeli intelligence members, have likely played a role in producing what has been one of the deadliest military campaigns against Palestinians since the Nakba of 1948.


Guardian warns over open letters and social posts amid Israel row (English) 

Financial Review 

The Guardian’s most senior editors have issued a rare joint message to their staff, warning journalists against signing open letters and posting messages on social media that “risk compromising our editorial integrity”.

Days after more than 300 local journalists, including at least 25 from Guardian Australia, called for greater skepticism of Israel’s defense forces in coverage of the Gaza conflict, the British news organization’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, outlined the new rules to staff in an internal note.



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