The Intercept: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

The Intercept: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments. “IN SEPTEMBER OF last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted ‘incitement.’ The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.”

Times of Israel: Archive of pre-state Jewish population offers glimpse of founding generation

Times of Israel: Archive of pre-state Jewish population offers glimpse of founding generation. “A new archive made public and searchable online by the Israeli State Archives and MyHeritage.com brings to light the names of over 206,000 Jews who lived in the country before the founding of the State of Israel. The archive spans 10 years, from 1937 to 1947, and is made up of about 67,000 requests for citizenship in British Mandatory Palestine. Some of the requests came from famous future Israelis like the late president Shimon Peres.”

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.”