censorship

  • Kaifu Lee Tracks How Many Of His Weibo Posts Have Been Deleted

    Kaifu Lee Tracks How Many Of His Weibo Posts Have Been Deleted

    Former Google China head, Kaifu Lee, has been tracking how many times his Weibo posts on Tencent and Sina have been censored and deleted, and has helpfully made a graph of the past 8 months. The outspoken investor has had his tweets deleted most often in the recent weeks because he was discussing the story on the 13,000 dead pigs found in a Shanghai river, as well as a session in the… Read More

  • Cyber Attacks Against Journalists Are On The Rise, Says Advocacy Group

    Cyber Attacks Against Journalists Are On The Rise, Says Advocacy Group

    More journalists are now the target of cyber attacks, said the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ deputy director Robert Mahoney said cyber attacks on individuals and news organizations have increased notably over the past few years and that the practice serves as easy and inexpensive censorship. In a press conference with reporters, Mahoney cited the recent attacks on The New York Times… Read More

  • Google Quietly Removes Censorship Warning Feature For Search Users In China (Updated)

    Google Quietly Removes Censorship Warning Feature For Search Users In China (Updated)

    Google has quietly disabled a feature that notified users of its search service in China when a keyword had been censored by the Chinese government’s internet controls, according to censorship monitoring blog GreatFire.org. The blog reports that the change was made sometime between December 5 and December 8 2012, with no official statement from Google to announce or explain its removal. Read More

  • Twitter Uses Country-Specific Blocking Powers For The First Time To Restrict Neo-Nazi Account In Germany

    Twitter Uses Country-Specific Blocking Powers For The First Time To Restrict Neo-Nazi Account In Germany

    Twitter has used country-by-country blocking powers for the first time to restrict access to a neo-Nazi Twitter account in Germany at the request of local authorities. The move was spotted by the FT, which also flagged up two tweets from Twitter’s general counsel, Alex Macgillivray confirming both the request to close the account and the fact that Twitter had acted on the request Read More

  • Why Google Shouldn’t Have Censored The Anti-Islamic Video

    Why Google Shouldn’t Have Censored The Anti-Islamic Video

    Editor’s note: Eva Galperin is the International Freedom of Expression Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Follow her on Twitter: @evacide. On Wednesday, YouTube announced that it had blocked access to a video showing clips from “The Innocence of the Muslims,” an anti-Islamic film that depicts prophet Mohammed as a philanderer who approves of child abuse… Read More

  • F*** Yeah! Supreme Court Tosses Out “Vague” FCC Indecency Fines Against Fox And ABC

    F*** Yeah! Supreme Court Tosses Out “Vague” FCC Indecency Fines Against Fox And ABC

    Public airwaves may be one step closer to becoming an indecent wasteland of swearing, nudity, and violence—a victory for First Amendment-lovers everywhere. Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously threw out fines against Fox and ABC for airing brief expletives and nudity, arguing that the FCC’s rule against “fleeting” indecency was too vague. The narrow decision… Read More

  • Google Transparency Report: U.S. Content Removal Requests Increased 103%

    Google Transparency Report: U.S. Content Removal Requests Increased 103%

    For the last two years, Google has been releasing data about requests to remove content and hand over user data from government agencies around the world. Late last night, the company released the latest set of this data, which covers the second half of 2011. In it, Google notes that it received 187 content removal requests from U.S. government agencies, asking for the removal of 6,192… Read More

  • Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services

    Ethiopian Government Bans Skype, Google Talk And All Other VoIP Services

    The Ethiopian government, Al Jazeera reports, has criminalized the use of Skype and other VoIP services like Google Talk. Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison. This law actually passed last month, but mostly went unnoticed outside of the country. Ethiopian authorities argue that they imposed these bans because of “national security concerns” and to… Read More

  • Twitter Puts Its DMCA Takedown Requests Up For All To See

    Twitter Puts Its DMCA Takedown Requests Up For All To See

    Yesterday’s announcement that Twitter would be selectively censoring tweets based on country was not well-received. But part of that announcement was the assurance that the process would at least be transparent. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. They also mentioned that they were working with Chilling Effects to make notices and orders sent to Twitter publicly available. At… Read More

  • Twitter Changes The “Contours” Of Censorship With Country-By-Country Blocking

    Twitter Changes The “Contours” Of Censorship With Country-By-Country Blocking

    Twitter has announced in a blog post a glorious new ability: “the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world.” At last! There are two ways of looking at this new “ability,” one optimistic and one pessimistic. One is that Twitter is now more able to effectively tailor itself to the… Read More

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