Digital apartheid and the use of social media algorithms in humanitarian crises

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People protesting in Palestine. Photo by Alfo Medeiros from Pexels, used under a Pexels License. Digital apartheid is one of the many new terms we see today that address the limitations of the internet and how big tech platforms have the power to choose the content we see on our feeds, sometimes leading to the stifling and censorship of political voices standing against dissent and erasure. Lately, users have become more aware of the wave of censorship that has been reinforced by platforms through “shadow banning,” a form of censorship restricting the visibility of certain content without noti…

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