Digital Rights Weekly Update 3 - 9 May


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7amleh Issues a Position Paper on PayPal Discrimination Against Palestinians in the Digital Economy (English) 


The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media issued a position paper regarding the digital discrimination practiced by PayPal, titled “Unravelling PayPal's Bias: Position Paper on Discrimination Against Palestinians'' The paper criticizes PayPal's discriminatory policies against Palestinians and preventing them from using its services, violating United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and fundamental international treaties on human rights. The paper assesses the readiness of the Palestinian digital economy to engage in online payment in terms of infrastructure, skills, financial services, public platforms, and legal frameworks.




Statement of Condemnation on Closure of Al Jazeera Offices (English) 


The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media expresses its strong condemnation of the Israeli government’s unanimous decision to ban Al Jazeera news channel, the closure of the network's local offices, confiscation of all its equipment and blocking access to its online platforms through Internet service providers. This decision constitutes a severe violation of fundamental human rights, and press freedom, including the rights to free expression and peaceful assembly. Particularly alarming is the timing of this action, coinciding with Israel's assault on Rafah, where over a million internally displaced Palestinians are seeking refuge.




Meta Oversight Board to rule on use of ‘from the river to the sea’ (English) 

The New Arab 

Meta’s Oversight Board announced on Tuesday that it will review three cases of the use of the pro-Palestinian phrase "from the river to the sea" on Facebook to determine whether they constitute "acceptable" speech. The review is aimed at creating a policy regarding the use of the slogan, which is often chanted by supporters of the Palestinian cause. There has been an uptick in its usage since the start of Israel’s war on Gaza last October. According to the Oversight Board, three posts were shared by users on Facebook in November using the phrase, with the Board now reviewing whether the content should be removed.




Support for TikTok ban due to 'overwhelming' Gaza content, says Mitt Romney (English) 

The New Arab 

The support for a nationwide ban on TikTok  in America is related to the "overwhelming" number of mentions of Palestine on the platform, US senator and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said last week Speaking at an event at the McCain Institute think-tank alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Romney explained that the ban on the app passed both chambers of Congress due to apparent widespread mention and advocacy for Palestine. "Some wonder why there was such overwhelming support for us to shut down potentially TikTok or other entities of that nature.



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