BuzzFeed: Internet Trolls Are Using Facebook To Target Myanmar’s Muslims. “Harry Myo Lin’s problems started with a photo on Facebook. The picture showed Harry, who is Muslim, posing with a female friend, who is Buddhist. Then somehow, an account belonging to a Buddhist nationalist group found it and reposted it with a caption that would put a target on Harry’s back.”
The New Indian Express: Pakistan threatens to block all social media networks over blasphemy. “A Pakistani court has ordered the government to open an investigation into online ‘blasphemy’, threatening to ban social media networks if they failed to censor content deemed insulting to Islam, lawyers said on Thursday.”
Daily News Egypt: Twitter reveals increase of users’ activities in Ramadan. “Twitter has revealed the affect Ramadan and Eid have on people’s communication, and how people transfer their excitement and celebrations of the holy month to the virtual world. People’s interactivity increase with an average of 26.3% throughout the month of generosity, this was verified last year, when over 10.7bn users shared their thoughts regarding the month with the trending hashtag of #Ramadan.”
Press-Gazette: Thomson Reuters pays damages to Finsbury Park mosque after placing it in terrorism category on database. “Thomson Reuters has agreed to pay undisclosed damages over ‘terrorism’ allegations relating to a well-known mosque. The information company expressed its ‘regret’ at London’s High Court over publishing the allegations about the Finsbury Park Mosque, north London, in its global online database World-Check.” As a result of this database classification, the mosque lost access to banking services.
George Mason University has launched a new Islamic studies online publication. “The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is pleased to announce the launch of Maydan, our new online publication which offers expert analysis for academic and public audiences on a wide variety of issues in the field of Islamic Studies.”
Religion News Service: In Indonesia, a new way to take back social media from extremists. “While most agree that tech companies must do more to filter out hoaxes, an experiment soon to be launched in Indonesia may be one small corrective to the wider problem of false narratives and misleading information on the internet.”
In development: a digital archive of Islamic art. “Assembled over the course of five decades by the noted art collector Edmund de Unger (1918–2011), the Keir Collection of Islamic Art is recognized by scholars as one of the most geographically and historically comprehensive of its kind, encompassing almost 2,000 works spanning three continents and 13 centuries of Islamic cultural production—from rock crystal to metalwork, ceramics, textiles, carpets and works on paper. The Keir Collection came to the [Dallas Museum of Art] on a long-term loan agreement with the trustees of the Keir Collection that was finalized in 2014, transforming the Museum into the third largest repository of Islamic art in the United States….As part of its loan agreement with the trustees of the Keir Collection, the Museum is also creating the first ever digital archive of the collection to enhance its accessibility for scholarship and public engagement.”