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Dating apps have revolutionised how we date, hook-up and even find love.

But while these apps have become so widely used, they are also being misused and weaponised against communities in high-risk contexts.

Many of these arrests happened via entrapment through LGBTQ dating apps.

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This update covers the period between January 2019 and May 2019 and highlights incidents of attempts by a military tribunal to imprison a journalist for criticising the security forces on social media; raids by security forces, defamation lawsuit and attacks on media outlets; and continuous restrictions by the authorities of the space for LGBTQ community by blocking online dating app Grindr; while anti-austerity measures peaceful protesters were being dispersed through the use of water cannons.

TV reporter Adam Shamseddine was sentenced in absentia by a military tribunal to three months in prison for “insulting” a security agency.

SMEX reported that the application has been blocked following a court order. In January 2019, the state-owned mobile phone operators Touch and Alfa blocked Grindr on 3G and 4G networks on the order of the Telecommunications Ministry, allegedly acting on a request of the state security agencies.

According to Tarek Zeidan, Executive director of LGBTQ rights group Helem: The space for the LGBTQ community has been increasingly restricted in Lebanon.

Similar cases have been recurrent in Lebanon over the past year, as is shown in our infographic providing a timeline of crackdown on social media by Lebanese authorities in 2018.

pic.twitter.com/qa OWqgl MR8— Lebanon Support (@Lebanon Support) March 14, 2019 Authorities extend restrictions of space for LGBTQ community blocking online dating app Grindr In May 2019, the popular online gay dating app Grindr was blocked by Ogero, the ministry of telecommunications operated internet service provider (ISP).

To address the ongoing concern of arrests related to freedom of expression online in Lebanon, Social Media Exchange (SMEX), a media advocacy and development regional civil society organisation, launched in February 2019 an online database to document violations of freedom of expression.

The portal, called Muhal muhal.org, documented nine freedom of expression related cases in Lebanon for the first two months of 2019 and 41 cases of freedom of expression-related detentions in 2018.

Lebanese authorities should do their utmost to identify and punish those responsible for the February 2 hand grenade attack on independent broadcaster Al-Jadeed TV and ensure the safety of journalists operating in the country.https://t.co/dmme Fnfp YB— Committee to Protect Journalists (@pressfreedom) February 5, 2019 The Lebanese authorities continue to crackdown on media freedom and freedom of expression on social media by conducting investigations and filing lawsuits against activists who are critical of the state officials.

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