The Conversation: Social media helps reveal people’s racist views – so why don’t tech firms do more to stop hate speech?

The Conversation: Social media helps reveal people’s racist views – so why don’t tech firms do more to stop hate speech?. “As Black Lives Matter continues to draw attention to racism – and trigger pushback from people using social media to express sentiments against people of colour – it’s time internet companies did more to tackle all forms of bigotry. A few years ago, I conducted research on online Islamophobia following the 2013 Woolwich terror attack, identifying eight types of offender on Twitter who could be classed as racist. Most were not members of a far-right group. They included builders, plumbers, teachers and even local councillors. But many used the cover of social media to spread their own conspiracy theories and an ‘us and them’ narrative.”

CNN: More than 100 Uyghur graveyards demolished by Chinese authorities, satellite images show

CNN: More than 100 Uyghur graveyards demolished by Chinese authorities, satellite images show. “In a months’ long investigation, working with sources in the Uyghur community and analyzing hundreds of satellite images, CNN has found more than 100 cemeteries that have been destroyed, most in just the last two years. This reporting was backed up by dozens of official Chinese government notices announcing the ‘relocation’ of cemeteries.”

Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation. “Two Muslim US congresswomen have been targeted by a vast international operation that exploits far-right pages on Facebook to inflame Islamophobia for profit, a Guardian investigation has found.”

BBC: Teen’s TikTok video about China’s Muslim camps goes viral

BBC: Teen’s TikTok video about China’s Muslim camps goes viral. “The post appears to be about beauty tips at its start – but the young woman then changes tack to ask her viewers to raise awareness of what she describes as a ‘another Holocaust’. An associated Twitter account has since claimed TikTok then blocked Feroza Aziz from posting new content, as a result. But TikTok has disputed this.”

Washington Post: Twitter fueled attacks on Muslim candidates in 2018, study finds

Washington Post: Twitter fueled attacks on Muslim candidates in 2018, study finds. “Muslim candidates, including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, endured torrents of hateful, xenophobic and threatening tweets during last year’s campaign season, much of it amplified through bots and other fake accounts, according to a study [that was] released Tuesday.”

TechCrunch: Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns

TechCrunch: Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns. “A report by campaign group Avaaz examining how Facebook’s platform is being used to spread hate speech in the Assam region of North East India suggests the company is once again failing to prevent its platform from being turned into a weapon to fuel ethnic violence.”

Al Monitor: Can Egypt’s newest search engine root out extremism?

Al Monitor: Can Egypt’s newest search engine root out extremism?. “Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s Islamic authority with the power to issue fatwas (religious edicts), recently launched a search engine to track fatwas from terrorist groups and extremists and to help Al-Azhar scholars tackle Islamophobia. The data collected will enable clerics to develop indicators to help decision-makers better understand terrorist networks and guide policymakers in formulating effective counterterrorism strategies.”

Reuters: Apple says Uighurs targeted in iPhone attack but disputes Google’s findings

Reuters: Apple says Uighurs targeted in iPhone attack but disputes Google’s findings. “Apple Inc on Friday confirmed that Uighurs, a minority mostly Muslim group considered a security threat by Beijing, had been the target of attacks due to a set of iPhone security flaws, but disputed its rival Alphabet Inc’s description of the effort to track users of the smartphone in real time.”

Donald Trump’s Tweets Are Influencing Anti-Muslim Sentiments: Study (The Wire)

The Wire: Donald Trump’s Tweets Are Influencing Anti-Muslim Sentiments: Study. “Over 27 years, the number of hate crimes, predominantly in the form of vandalism, against Muslims in the US reportedly increased in areas with higher social media usage and with pre-existing hate groups and Republican majorities. A potential driver of these anti-Muslim sentiments: Donald Trump’s Twitter feed.”

MSN News / Radio New Zealand: New database being launched for reporting Muslim hate crimes

MSN News / Radio New Zealand: New database being launched for reporting Muslim hate crimes. “A nationwide database is being rolled out to monitor crimes that target the Muslim community, as part of a scheme to shore up security at the country’s mosques and other Islamic buildings.”

Mother Jones: Anti-Muslim Hate Has Been Rampant on Reddit Since the New Zealand Shooting

Mother Jones: Anti-Muslim Hate Has Been Rampant on Reddit Since the New Zealand Shooting. “Days after the tragic shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Reddit remains a home for the exact type of white supremacist and Islamaphobic hate that the killer used to rationalize his massacre.”

The Spinoff NZ: The quiet deletion of the Islamophobic archives

The Spinoff NZ: The quiet deletion of the Islamophobic archives. “In the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, organisations around New Zealand have removed content which might be seen as part of the culture which mainstreamed and enabled Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment. These range from promoters to media outlets to political parties, though few are drawing attention to what they have removed or publicly stating their motivations. However others which have long-harboured or propagated Islamophobic views have opted to leave them on their platforms.”

New Straits Times: Malaysian jailed for 10 yrs for insulting Islam on social media

New Straits Times: Malaysian jailed for 10 yrs for insulting Islam on social media. “A Malaysian was sentenced to more than 10 years’ jail and three others were charged over insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on social media, police said on Saturday. The sentence is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country, where concerns over racial and religious tensions have grown in recent months.”

Quartz: One of the first two Muslim women in US Congress is already battling a fake news campaign

Quartz: One of the first two Muslim women in US Congress is already battling a fake news campaign. “The Democratic candidate was resoundingly elected with over 78% of the vote in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, and along with Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American from Michigan, is poised to become one of two first Muslim women serving in Congress come January. But as busy as Ilhan [Omar]’s been on readying for Capitol Hill, so has the digital sphere where stories of misinformation are being peddled about her, some of which have gone viral on social media platforms.”