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How Egyptians are using an ancient Arabic script to evade censors

Egyptian and other Arab social media users have turned to an older version of Arabic script to evade censorship on Facebook and Twitter as they post about the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Egyptians have been finding workarounds like posting in early Arabic script, which does not include dots, to evade algorithmic censorship on Facebook and Twitter. Websites can help transliterate their text into the old form.

Many Egyptian and Arab social media activists who have expressed solidarity with Palestinians amid Israeli efforts to displace families from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Israel's bombing in the Gaza Strip have complained that their posts on the Facebook and Twitter platforms were removed. Many reported being banned from posting for 24 or 48 hours or had their accounts suspended altogether.

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