June 23, 2021

What role for big tech?

Tech firms have come under fire for ‘discriminatory’ content moderation policies during the recent flare-up between Gaza and Israel. How have they responded?

By Maya Gebeily

May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Conflict broke out this month between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip – and big tech has not been spared.

Instagram and Twitter have blamed technical errors for deleting posts mentioning the possible eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, but data rights groups fear “discriminatory” algorithms are at work and want greater transparency.

Tensions first started in early May over the possible evictions of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood but soon escalated into a full-blown conflict between Gaza and Israel. A ceasefire announced overnight is…

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