Quartz: Israel arrested a Palestinian after Facebook translated ‘Good morning’ as ‘Attack them’

Quartz: Israel arrested a Palestinian after Facebook translated ‘Good morning’ as ‘Attack them’. “Last week, a Palestinian man working at a construction site in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, posted on Facebook a photo of himself in front of a bulldozer, with the words ‘Good Morning’ in Arabic. The platform’s automatic translation mistook the words for ‘attack them’ in Hebrew, and ‘hurt them’ in English.”

The New Arab: Instagram a window to the world for besieged Gazans

The New Arab: Instagram a window to the world for besieged Gazans. “Instagram stars in the Gaza Strip are using the social media platform to show the world a different side to the besieged enclave. In the coastal territory sealed off by Israel to the east and north, Egypt to the south and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, it is impossible for Gazans to leave without permission – which is rarely granted.”

Amnesty International: Human rights activist arrested by Palestinian security forces over Facebook posts

Amnesty International: Human rights activist arrested by Palestinian security forces over Facebook posts. “Issa Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, was detained at around midday local time today by Palestinian Preventive Security Forces, after he posted comments on his Facebook page criticizing the arrest of a local radio journalist yesterday by the same Palestinian security forces.”

The Morning Journal: Palestinian leader curbs social media expression in decree

The Morning Journal: Palestinian leader curbs social media expression in decree. “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has clamped down on social media and news websites — the main outlets for debate and dissent in the West Bank — with a vaguely worded decree that critics say allows his government to jail anyone on charges of harming ‘national unity’ or the ‘social fabric.'”

Facebook Accused of Censoring Palestinian Journalists

Meanwhile, Facebook is being accused of censoring Palestinian journalists. “Facebook has apologized for disabling the personal accounts of several editors and executives at two major Palestinian news publications, according to a report from The Electronic Intifada. Facebook says the accounts were mistakenly suspended after being reported for violating the site’s community standards, but the publications believe the incident is related to Israel’s recent push to combat online incitement to violence.”

Israeli Rights Group Suing Facebook Over Violence

An Israeli rights group is suing Facebook for $1 billion over Palestinian violence. “The Shurat Hadin group is claiming the social network provides militant groups with a platform for spreading violence. It says it’s filing the suit in a New York court on Monday. The victims cited in the suit were all American.”