Rights group call on Meta to step up LGBT+ protections in MENA region

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01/24/2024

A coalition of rights groups launched a campaign – #SecureOurSocials – on Tuesday, 23 January, calling on social media giant Meta to strengthen protections for LGBT+ people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), citing past persecution of LGBT+ users in the region. The coalition, which included Human Rights Watch (HRW), Helem and the Social Media Exchange, asked Meta to be more transparent and consistent in its content moderation policies and “embed the human rights of LGBT+ people at the core of its platform design.” Meta operates Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, some of the region’s most popular social media platforms.

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