Whose side are they REALLY on?
MEMRI’s account has again, for a dozenth time, been closed and block by YouTube. MEMRI is the most important and vital source of information and exposure of Middle Eastern brutality, culture and laws to the Western World. Without MEMRI the world would not be half-blind as it is, but completely blind.
How often will YouTube, and other social media conglomerates, continue working against the fundamental rights of democracy and switch their dedication to a far away brutal foreign medieval government who endlessly exploit and misuse western laws to stifle our freedom by blocking content in print, video or social media that appear in our democratic countries – only to appease and please Sharia?
This is exactly why an independent billionaire like Donald Trump, who is not afraid to confront uncomfortable subjects or end foreign influence, is so desperately needed in politics today, irrespective if one agrees with his style or personality. Someone needs to dismantle all the crap going on. And only a strong bully like Trump can do it.
By inviting Muslims into our countries our own liberties and freedoms have been completely hijacked and misused. Are people not aware that a medieval Sharia mentality is trying to control our access to information, our right to publish and read any content we wish? The Saudification of our society is completely being created by these massive social media companies that do not care one bit what effect their actions have over entire countries.
Whether it is Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki, they are earning their billions in America but appear to work under Saudi Sharia law.
American social media companies appear to work for Saudi interests, causing unlawful arrests, tortures and abuse of basic freedoms over the most ridiculous reasons:
HOW TWITTER HELPED SAUDI ARABIA IMPLEMENT TORTURE
- Twitter helped Saudi authorities in responding to requests to hand over data of 65 users who are suspected of ‘illegal acts’. Twitter’s actions became the leading cause for the arrest of Saudi free-thinker Raif Badawi who continues to sit in prison in Saudi Arabia, whipped and tortured, for running a blog and tweeting.
According to the published report, Saudi Arabia submitted a total of 93 account information requests to Twitter, 69 percent of which some account information were produced.
The report also revealed a 52 percent increase in emergency disclosure requests for data on wanted persons, and those deemed a security threat by authorities. It is the highest percentage increase since Twitter first started publishing their transparency reports in 2012.
Data reveals Twitter has been more prone to comply with Saudi Arabia on requests, compared to 52 percent by British security authorities which were able to acquire from Twitter.
The U.S. leads as the country with the most requests from Twitter after it asked for information on 2436 users where 80 percent of those were eventually disclosed by Twitter.
Emails sent by Al Arabiya News to Twitter’s public policy communications department were answered, but a company spokesman said their company would not comment on individual country data at the time.
They referred Al Arabiya News to a press release stating: “As has long been the trend, we continue to see a rise in the number of these [account information] requests. Notably, requests for account information have increased 52 percent, which is the largest increase between reporting periods we have ever seen, with removal requests and copyright notices growing by 26 percent and 11 percent respectively.”
While Twitter did not disclose specific reasons behind government requests for users’ data, security analysts have linked the rise of such actions with the emergence of ISIS and their use of social media in releasing its propaganda, as a recruitment tool and garnering financial support from sympathizers online.
“The rise of ISIS’ use of social media has prompted the proliferation of requests from the Saudis and Americans to try to find out who exactly are the individuals behind these accounts. Particularly as these accounts are being used to recruit new fighters,” Colin Clarke, political scientist at the RAND Corporation, whose research focuses on unconventional and asymmetric warfare, told Al Arabiya News.
Elsewhere in the Arab world, Kuwait asked for the disclosure of seven people, while the UAE made only two requests. Egypt, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain did not record any requests, according to the biannual report.
Analysts have also highlighted the need in the global fight against ISIS cyber abilities, to look beyond just Twitter and Facebook as technological advances are always on the rise.
Just last year, Al Arabiya News carried a report stating ISIS was using a new Twitter app called “Fajr al-Bashaer,” or “Dawn of Good Tidings.” The application, which was flagged by Twitter as “potentially harmful,” requested user data and personal information before sending news and updates on ISIS fighting in Syria and Iraq.
“One of the things is to look beyond Twitter and start looking at newer technologies in the future because Twitter isn’t going to be the top dog forever, and start looking at what’s the next social media platform that’s going to rise to prominence. And asking whether we can figure that out before ISIS does,” Clarke said.
Clarke added that governments requesting user information do not necessarily infringe on user privacy given ISIS technological abilities posing a bigger threat.
“It’s justifiable because it’s clear at this point that the U.S., the West and even some Middle Eastern governments have clearly underestimated ISIS in terms of its ability to recruit effectively thought social media. Where ISIS is unique compared to other [militant] groups is its ability to take advantage of social media to both terrorize its adversaries and similarly recruit new fighters into its ranks,” he said.
This crap has got to end.
1000 Saudi lashing of Raif Badawi made possible by Twitter.