censorship

  • Thailand backs down on threat to ban Facebook

    Thailand backs down on threat to ban Facebook

    The government of Thailand has backed down on a threat to ban Facebook if it did not block content deemed to be illegal in the country. The ruling military junta last week said it would ban the U.S. social network if it did not disable Thailand-based users from being able to access a selection of 131 “illicit” posts, including content that violates lese majeste laws that… Read More

  • Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

    Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

    Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has been blocked by the Turkish government. News of the blockage was first reported by the website Turkey Blocks, at around 1AM Eastern this morning. Confirmed: All editions of the #Wikipedia online encyclopedia blocked in #Turkey as of 8:00AM local timehttps://t.co/ybFolRmsOs pic.twitter.com/hI9tn4bHe5 — Turkey Blocks… Read More

  • ProtonMail adds Tor onion site to fight risk of state censorship

    ProtonMail adds Tor onion site to fight risk of state censorship

    Swiss-based PGP end-to-end encrypted email provider, ProtonMail, now has an onion address, allowing users to access its service via a direct connection to the Tor anonymizing network — in what it describes as an active measure aimed at defending against state-sponsored censorship. Read More

  • Facebook is censoring posts in Thailand that the government has deemed unsuitable

    Facebook is censoring posts in Thailand that the government has deemed unsuitable

    For millions of people, Facebook is the internet — but many of those who rely on the social network for news and views may not be aware that Facebook isn’t immune to internet censorship itself. Read More

  • Facebook hires Campbell Brown to forge media partnerships

    Facebook hires Campbell Brown to forge media partnerships

    Facebook has tapped Campbell Brown, a former television news anchor and a charter school advocate, to lead its news partnerships team. Brown will be charged with easing tension between the media and Facebook, which have clashed over the social media giant’s role in disseminating the news, its censorship of news photos, and its proliferation of false and misleading stories. Brown… Read More

  • Signal for Android update ducks censorship, adds stickers and doodles

    Signal for Android update ducks censorship, adds stickers and doodles

    As mainstream interest in online privacy expands, Signal wants to grow along with it. This week, the app added two features, one a serious response to international censorship and the other a light, fluffy feature set meant to make the app even more user friendly for those who might be new to this whole encryption thing. As detailed in a post on the Open Whisper Systems blog, the latest… Read More

  • Turkey maintains Tor block, flicks social networks offline for 12 hours

    Turkey maintains Tor block, flicks social networks offline for 12 hours

    In light of the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, Turkey further tightened its already restrictive limits on certain forms of internet use. The most recent censorship thrust followed the revelation that the state now blocks Tor within its borders. Turkey appears to have clamped down on social app use for a roughly 12-hour period following the international incident. According… Read More

  • Hacker News calls for “political detox,” critics cry censorship

    Hacker News calls for “political detox,” critics cry censorship

    Can social media even exist without political debate? What about trolls? Hacker News, the social news site run by Y Combinator, is trying to find out. The head of the Hacker News community since 2014, Daniel Gackle (whose HN handle is “dang”) on Monday initiated a site-wide “Political Detox Week.” To introduce the temporary ban on political content, Gackle… Read More