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Social media used by police to target LGBTIQ persons online

1 Feb 2021

February 2021: Tunisian police used social media to target and smear LGBTQI persons online, including feminist and LGBTQI activist Rania Amdouni.[1] This occurred alongside police violence and arrests of LGBTQI persons during the protests beginning on 15 January.[2] Facebook pages shown to be linked to the Tunisian police published posts smearing LGBTQI individuals.[3] Police also used surveillance technology in the form of drones to target and film LGBTQI individuals participating in protests and the photos were then posted on social media.[4]

See Coda story, April 2021 and Human Rights Watch, February 2021.