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After Twitter, YouTube bans, Turkey targets Google

Turkish internet providers set up servers ‘masquerading’ as the search site, Google security expert warns By AFP WASHINGTON — Google says Turkey has been intercepting its Internet domain, redirecting users to other sites in the latest battle between Ankara and Web giants. In a weekend post on Google’s security blog, software engineer Steven Carstensen said … Continue reading

After Twitter, Turkey moves to block YouTube

Ban comes after leak to video-sharing site of top-brass in Anakara discussing a military intervention in Syria By AP ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities were moving to block access to YouTube on Thursday following similar action against Twitter, the country’s state-run news agency said The ban comes after an alleged audio recording of a meeting between the … Continue reading

Obama BFF: Turkey PM threatens to ‘wipe out’ Twitter

“We will wipe out Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says,” premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an election rally in the western province of Bursa. (File photo: Reuters) AFP, Ankara Turkey’s combative prime minister warned on Thursday that he would eradicate Twitter after a number of audio recordings anonymously posted on social … Continue reading

Obama BFF Erdogan threatens to ban Facebook, YouTube

Proposed Internet crackdown follows online publication of corruption allegations against Turkey’s PM   By Suzan Fraser   Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey. (photo credit: AP Photo/File) ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister has threatened drastic steps to censor the Internet, including shutting down Facebook and … Continue reading

Saudi religious police monitor social media

Around 41% of Internet users in Saudi Arabia are on the micro-blogging site Twitter, with many accessing the site on their mobile phones. (File photo: Reuters) By Eman El-Shenawi | Al Arabiya News A Saudi columnist has encouraged the country’s religious police to monitor social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, targeting “evil” accounts … Continue reading

Syria: Jihadist Twitter Wars

How disgruntled extremists inside Syria’s al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel factions are taking to social media to air their internecine grievances. In March 2012, Omar Hammami, the American jihadist who called himself Abu Mansour al Amriki and fought for Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released a short videotape claiming his life was in danger. But Hammami wasn’t fearful … Continue reading

Facebook promotes the oldest anti-Jewish libel

Cross-posted from Eric Lee I learned on Wednesday that Facebook has a page devoted to “Jewish ritual murder” which I found hard to believe — so I checked and found it’s true. So, as one does, I used Facebook’s complaint procedure to formally report harassment. After all, I do feel harassed — as a Jew … Continue reading

Saudi man who ‘disobeyed ruler’ gets 10 years

Riyadh: A Saudi court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for protesting and disseminating photos of demonstrations online, according to official state media. The Saudi Press Agency reported late on Monday that the man was found guilty of “disobeying the ruler” for taking part in anti-government protests and chanting slogans allegedly harmful … Continue reading

#Blocked: Hamas Complains Over Suspended Twitter Account

English-language Twitter account of Al Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas, suspended. Hebrew and Arabic still up. By Ari Yashar Al Qassam Brigades, the military branch of terrorist organization Hamas that is in control of Gaza, complained on Thursday that the social media site Twitter has suspended their account. The terror group’s English-language Twitter, @AlqassamBrigade, … Continue reading

#Iran: Popular social networking service banned

Customers try out cell phones and tablet computers in a store in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (photo credit: Vahid Salemi/AP) An Iranian state-owned news website is saying authorities have banned a popular cell-phone based social networking service. The Thursday report by said a decision by a governmental monitoring body on communications led … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: #KSA, Hooked on Twitter

Kingdom ranks seventh in the world and first among Arab states for volume of tweets File photo of the Twitter logo at their headquarters in San Francisco, California. (AFP Photo/Kimihiro HOSHINO/FILES) London, Asharq Al-Awsat—A recent study has revealed that 53 percent of Twitter users in Saudi Arabia are “addicted” to tweeting. The study, conducted by … Continue reading

.@Twitter: A new weapon in the hands of terrorists

Ihab al-Zalaqi For the first time in history, the public was able to discover the details of a terrorist attack as it happened. This remarkable development took place last week when the Somali Al-Shabaab terrorist group attacked the Westgate Mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The public was relieved by the Tweets of the Kenyan … Continue reading