How Arab governments use cyber laws to shut down activism: Critical Arab voices are being silenced on Twitter, and laws across the Middle East are created to further this cause.

Posted in: Censorship at 25/07/2019 22:11

For human rights activists, journalists, dissidents and free speech campaigners, social media has long been a double-edged sword, representing both the positive and harmful aspects of open communication on the internet.

On the one hand, platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow activists the opportunity to spread their message, reaching an audience they could only dream of before the internet.

But on the other, the nature of open communication raises the risk of being followed, exposed or worse, as some governments increase their digital surveillance capabilities.

As a result, governments around the world are turning social media against their citizens.

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