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China’s Weibo restricts overseas users on Tiananmen anniversary

This weekend marked the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China in 1989, one of the most infamous dates in the country’s modern history. The government has never acknowledged nor

Facebook’s content moderation rules dubbed ‘alarming’ by child safety charity

The Guardian has published details of Facebook's content moderation guidelines covering controversial issues such as violence, hate speech and self-harm culled from more than 100 internal training man

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.

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

Pinterest is now blocked in China

China has blocked one of the few Western social media sites that had remained accessible to its population: Pinterest. The site has followed the example of Facebook, Twitter and many others after th

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 des

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.

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

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, f

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

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

WeChat, China’s top messaging app, no longer tells users when it censors their messages

Users of WeChat, China's most popular messaging app, are having conversations secretly censored without their knowledge, according to a new report from Citizen Lab.

Crunch Report | Facebook Builds a Censorship Tool

Facebook builds a censorship tool so it could not be banned from China anymore, Twitter suspends Jack Dorsey's Twitter account, your headphones can be hacked to listen to you, MIT creates artificial m

UK wants to censor ‘non-conventional’ sex videos

In an ongoing effort to prevent pornography from soiling the shores of Britannia, UK lawmakers are working to prevent the spread of ‘non-conventional’ sex videos online. The proposed law b

Facebook built censorship tool to get into China despite human rights risks

Facebook wants to be unbanned in China, so it’s built a censorship tool that could hide posts about prohibited topics from people in China, according to The New York Times‘ Mike Isaac. Rat

Turkey blocks social media sites again to stall protests — here’s how to access them

Turkey has once again blocked access to social media in an apparent effort to keep a lid on protests; many in the capital and elsewhere are demonstrating following the arrest of a number of opposition

Study estimates cost of last year’s internet shutdowns at $2.4 billion

Whenever there's a shutdown of internet access or restrictions placed on an app, we shake our heads disapprovingly because we know it's a fundamentally bad idea to do that. But what exactly is the cos

Multi-media journalists face jail time after reporting on North Dakota pipeline protest

Investigative reporter and co-founder of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, is now facing riot charges in the state of North Dakota after her report on a Native American-led pipeline protest there went vir

North Korea accidentally lets slip all its .KP domains — and there aren’t many

North Korea is famously secretive and restrictive — the regime goes to great lengths to both prevent the outside world from learning what goes on there and prevent its citizens from learning about t

Report assesses UK’s ISP-level blocks of piracy sites as effective, but glosses over risks

A study from Carnegie Mellon University and subsequent analysis by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation indicate that the U.K.'s blockage of more than 50 websites was indeed effectiv
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