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Syrian Kurdish Journalist Network Calls for Independent, Unbiased, and Professional Media

After the spring of 2011, the political and media landscape changed in Syria. Opposition and independent journalists established alternative media networks to challenge the state’s official media’s narrative. The Syrian Kurds got some breathing room and managed to establish a local med

Journalist rights watchdog urges Turkey to ‘stop harassing journalists’

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Turkey to “stop harassing journalists and prosecuting them on trumped up charges,” following a series of “baseless and harassing" charges against reporters. The NGO, which is dedicated to protecting the rights of journalists a

TikTok cracks down on hate of religions and races

Video snippet sharing sensation TikTok on Wednesday said it is cracking down on hateful content, banning anti-Semitic stereotypes and white nationalism posts. Expanded rules against promoting hateful ideologies at TikTok include barring "misinformation and hurtful stereotypes" about Jewish, Musli

The Guardian: Biden winning the US presidency will not save the Iran nuclear deal  

The Guardian’s diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, said the victory of Democratic candidate Joseph Biden would not be sufficient to salvage the nuclear agreement signed by his administration in 2015. The reason, he says, is that the weak Iranian government only has several months left befor

Pakistan lifts TikTok ban after pledge on ‘indecent’ content

Pakistan said Monday it would lift a recent ban on the video-sharing app TikTok after assurances that “immoral” content would be blocked.The Chinese-owned platform, which is wildly popular among the country’s youth, was banned earlier this month over what authorities in the ultra

Wall Street Journal: China threatens Washington after its citizens are sued in America

The Chinese government has warned Washington that it may detain Americans in China, in response to the US Justice Department's pursuit of Chinese researchers affiliated with the army, according to a media report. The American Wall Street Journal quoted informed sources as saying that Chinese offi

the Jadeh Iran news site: Iran and US to conclude prisoner swap deal ahead of US elections

Iran and the US will reach a new deal to exchange prisoners ahead of the US presidential elections slated for November, the Jadeh Iran news site reported. The site quoted sources stating that the deal would also include freeing $7 billion of Iran’s frozen funds by Washin

Facebook shuts New Zealand party’s page ahead of election

 Facebook shut down the page of conspiracy-embracing political party Advance New Zealand on Thursday just two days out from a general election, accusing it of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.“We don’t allow anyone to share misinformation on our platforms about Covid

Twitter Suspends Fake Black Pro-Trump Accounts

Twitter said Tuesday it had suspended several fake accounts purporting to be African Americans who support President Donald Trump and which had succeeded in garnering several thousand followers in just a few days. "Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action

Facebook Will Ban Ads Discouraging People from Getting Vaccines

Facebook Inc will start banning ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated, the social media company said on Tuesday, as it also announced a new flu vaccine information campaign. The company said in a blog post that ads advocating for or against legislation or government policies around v

An Israeli site: Most of the Arab discourse on social media is against normalization and criticizes the UAE

A report conducted by the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs revealed that 90% of the Arab discourse on social media sites about normalization with Israel is negative. An article by the Israeli writer Barak Rafid and published on the Israeli website WALLA stated that 95% of the critical discou

Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Violating Rules on COVID-19 Information

Twitter on Sunday flagged a tweet by US President Donald Trump in which he claimed he was immune to the coronavirus, saying it violated the social media platform’s rules about misleading information related to COVID-19. “A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday

Twitter Imposes New Restrictions Ahead of US Election

Twitter Inc said on Friday it will remove tweets calling for people to interfere with the US election process or implementation of election results, including through violence, as the company also announced more restrictions to slow the spread of misinformation. Twitter said in a blog post that,

Pakistan bans social media App TikTok over “immoral” content

Pakistan on Friday blocked social media app TikTok for failing to filter out “immoral and indecent” content, the country’s telecommunication authority said in a statement.“In view of number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent co

A fly on the head of Pence topping the vice president-debate scene

The "fly" topped the scene of the debate for the US Vice President, between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris, on Wednesday, until it became the talk of social media. While Pence and Harris exchanged accusations and discussed many issues, a small fly grabbed the limelight, when it

Twitter suspends account of Al Masirah TV run by Houthis

The Twitter account of Al Masirah TV, the main television news outlet run by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia, was suspended on Wednesday.Al Masirah on its Telegram channel on Wednesday night said: “Twitter took steps to suspend the accounts of Al-Masirah without giving rea

Court: Twitter Must Expose User Tied to Murder Conspiracy

  A US judge has ordered Twitter to reveal the identity of an anonymous user who allegedly fueled a discredited conspiracy theory about the 2016 death of a Democratic party worker. Twitter has been given an October 20 deadline to provide information about the @whysprtech handle, which was all

Amnesty International concerned about Egypt’s crackdown on press freedom

Amnesty International has expressed its concerns on Wednesday over what it called “the continuous crackdown on press freedom” in Egypt, due to at least five journalists being arrested since last September. This came via the organisation’s Twitter account, the day after the

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