Digital Rights Weekly Update 19 - 25 April


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Congress Accused of Using TikTok Ban to Silence Israel Criticism (English) 


The app has sparked privacy concerns due to ByteDance's alleged ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The company and other critics of the legislation argue that the bill would amount to a ban on the app and would raise concerns about freedom of speech. The bill will now move to the Senate where it is expected to pass as it also contains foreign aid to Israel and Ukraine. Israel has remained in a war with Hamas militants in Gaza, following an attack on October 7. Amid the vote on the bill, some social media users criticized Congress, saying that the ban is in an effort to suppress opposition to Israel, amid their war with Hamas militants in Gaza.




STATEMENT from Google workers with the No Tech for Apartheid campaign on Google’s mass, retaliatory firings of workers: (English)


This evening, Google indiscriminately fired over two dozen workers, including those among us who did not directly participate in yesterday’s historic, bicoastal 10-hour sit-in protests. This flagrant act of retaliation is a clear indication that Google values its $1.2 billion contract with the genocidal Israeli government and military more than its own workers. In the three years that we have been organizing against Project Nimbus, we have yet to hear from a single executive about our concerns. Google workers have the right to peacefully protest about terms and conditions of our labor. These firings were clearly retaliatory.




Online threats against pro-Palestinian protesters rise in wake of Sen. Tom Cotton's comments about protests (English) 


POLITICS Online threats against pro-Palestinian protesters rise in wake of Sen. Tom Cotton's comments about protests By Jacob Rosen April 19, 2024 / 10:50 PM EDT / CBS News Online threats and hateful rhetoric against pro-Palestinian protesters have accelerated since Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas encouraged people affected by the mass protests to "take matters into your own hands," according to a report obtained by CBS News. Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts public interest research, says it found that there has been a surge in calls for violence against pro-Palestinian protesters across social media platforms this week after Cotton's comments, with users threatening to kill or injure protesters.



French journalist summoned to testify over social media post criticizing Israel over Palestine (English)

Anadolu Agency

A French journalist and activist has been summoned to testify to police about a post about Palestine on social media on charges of spreading "terrorist propaganda," she said. Sihame Assbague said on X that she had been summoned to testify to police over a post she made last Oct. 7 about Palestine. Assbague said she would testify as part of a preliminary investigation over spreading "terrorist propaganda" for her statements.



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