At a glance.
- Rights advocates seek to stop Cellebrite exports to Hong Kong.
- Facebook complies with, but will challenge, Thailand's order to restrict access to an anti-royalist group.
Cellebrite exports to Hong Kong challenged in court.
MIT Technology Review reports that human rights advocates have petitioned Israel's Ministry of Defense in court to step in and block export of Cellebrite phone hacking tools to the formerly semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong, now being reabsorbed into China's larger and notoriously repressive legal and security system. Cellebrite, whose tools have been used to unlock suspects' phones in legitimate police investigations in other parts of the world, are now, the petitioners fear, being turned against Hong Kong democracy advocates and other dissenters who've fallen afoul of Beijing.
Facebook struggles with content moderation in Thailand.
The Washington Post reports that Thailand is cracking down on social media critical of the country’s monarchy. The Minister of Digital Economy and Society said that when it deemed a web address to contain illegal material, it would obtain a court order to block access in Thailand to that address. Enforcement would then fall on the platform that carries the illegal material. They’d have fifteen days to comply with the court order “or face legal action.”
Reuters reported on Monday that Thai authorities had directed Facebook to restrict access to the Royalist Marketplace, a group critical of Thailand's monarchy. Facebook complied, and the message “Access to this group has been restricted within Thailand pursuant to a legal request from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society.” But CNN reports that the social network is preparing a legal challenge to the ban. "Requests like this are severe, contravene international human rights law, and have a chilling effect on people's ability to express themselves," Facebook told CNN Business. "We work to protect and defend the rights of all internet users and are preparing to legally challenge this request." The Royalist Marketplace has or had approximately one million members.