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Stories about Advox from October, 2020

Internet throttling, SMS blocking in days leading up to election in Tanzania

With just 24 hours before election day, internet users in Tanzania and Zanzibar, have reported widespread limited access to internet services including social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and...

How Facebook derailed Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement

Online free speech advocates insist that Facebook’s flagging of #EndSARS content was neither a “mistake” nor a “bug,” but rather due to sparse investment in content moderation. 

Fighting disinformation and fact-checking the Myanmar election

Global Voices interviewed Thet Min, fact-checker for ‘Real or not’ fact-checking news website, about their efforts to expose and stop disinformation in Myanmar ahead of the November 8 elections.

Who is selling Ukrainians’ personal data online and for what purposes?

A trove of Ukrainians'' personal data available online as a consequence of leaks or illegal sale creates ripe conditions for targeted dissemination of malicious content ahead of October 25 local...

For journalists in Kenya, ‘2020 is the worst year on record’

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in Kenya in March, more than 47 cases of arbitrary arrest, assault and harassment have been perpetrated against bloggers, online activists and human rights defenders.

Myanmar's election commission censors speeches of political parties in run-up to election

"This censorship seems like something the dictatorship did. They shouldn’t mess with the party’s tone. Shouldn’t there be freedom of expression?"

Facebook to include Holocaust denial in its definition of banned hate speech

Human rights organizations and academic institutions praised Facebook's decision to address Holocaust denial and related conspiracy theories through enhanced self-regulation.

Vietnamese activist and journalist Pham Doan Trang arrested for ‘anti-state propaganda’

"I don’t need freedom just for myself, that would be too easy. I want something much greater: freedom and democracy for all of Vietnam."

Rights groups in Tunisia mobilize against police protection bill

Article 7 of the bill grants security forces immunity from prosecution for the use of excessive and lethal force against citizens in situations “they deem dangerous.”

Facebook denies accusations of fuelling hate speech and pro-BJP bias in India

On September 16, Facebook India’s chief issued a statement denying accusations that the social media giant is making profits by giving a platform to hate speech in India.

Policing the digital frontiers: Is India weaponizing technology to silence civil society?

In the world's largest democracy, the targeting of human rights defenders through spyware poses a threat to fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and privacy.

News website faces police probe in Singapore for boosting Facebook posts during elections

"We condemn the abuse of the law to harass independent media and critics. We denounce the lack of independence of the Singapore Elections Department."

In Sudan, women and minorities targeted by online harassment lack legal protections

Sudan currently does very little to protect women and other minority groups and communities from harassment, putting their ability to exercise their fundamental rights online at risk.

Holocaust denial should be considered hate speech, survivors demand of Facebook

Hate speech is a criminal offense in most European countries that experienced the horrors of World War II, but the US does not have such laws at the national level.

Digital rights in Africa is still far from the internet freedom we desire

Despite the prevailing circumstance, but hopeful about the future, eight Global Voices contributors from six African countries discuss Internet freedom and how digital rights can be promoted in the continent.

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