Internet Censorship

A laptop computer showing Youtube's logo on its screen is held in front of graffiti on March 27, 2014 in Istanbul. Turkey on March 27 banned video-sharing website YouTube, a week after blocking access to Twitter, after both were used to spread audio recordings implicating the prime minister in corruption, …

YouTube Explores Censorship of ‘Dislikes’ After ‘Rewind’ Humiliation

YouTube is considering removing or limiting its users’ ability to use the “dislike” button to indicate their distaste for content after one of the platform’s own official videos — the infamous “Rewind 2018” annual recap — became the most disliked YouTube video in history.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Gavin McInnes attends 'Creative Control' New York Premiere at Sunshine Landmark on March 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Gavin McInnes Sues SPLC for Defamation

Conservative commentator and Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes is reportedly suing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for “defaming” him, publishing “false, damaging and defamatory statements,” and attempting to “deplatform” him.

Twitter allowed Cesar Sayoc to make 240+ threats on its platform

Gab Standard: Twitter Failed to Act on Hundreds of Death Threats from Mail Bombing Suspect

Twitter allowed Cesar Sayoc, the man who allegedly sent apparent bombs to public figures around the country this month, to post more than 240 threats towards 50 different people on its social network without sanction. Meanwhile, the media managed to temporarily force free speech social network Gab offline after it was revealed that the Tree of Life Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting suspect had an account on the platform.

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China Passes ‘Cyber-Security’ Law Banning Speech Threatening ‘Socialist System’

On Monday, China’s Parliament passed a cyber-security law that has foreign businesses and human-rights activists nervous, as it will place even more restrictions on China’s already tightly controlled Internet when its practices are implemented next June. Many of these restrictions apply extra security measures against non-Chinese interests.

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Tianjin: China Cracks Down on State Media Critics, International Reporters

The Chinese government is censoring media and citizen coverage of the deadly explosion in Tianjin. Reports are circulating of Weibo accounts critical of Chinese media being shut down, and CNN’s Will Ripley was forced off the air by angry alleged relatives of victims.

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British PM Demands Porn Hosts Restrict Access or Face Closure

Prime Minister David Cameron is demanding online pornographers either ‘voluntarily’ install effective age-restricted controls on their websites or risk legislation that could see them closed down altogether. In a move which will see the state assuming the role of parent in regulating children’s

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China Wants to Set the Rules for the Global Internet

As James T. Areddy at the Wall Street Journal tells it, the Chinese military was deeply troubled by the role a supposedly U.S.-dominated Internet played in destabilizing other despotic governments and warned Beijing could be next. The warning described the Internet as “a new form of global control” and the United States as a “shadow” hovering behind various uprisings.

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Meet the New Reddit Boss, Worse Than the Old Reddit Boss

Ellen Pao has resigned as CEO of Reddit following the worst set of user and moderator revolts in the site’s history, but Redditors who hoped her departure marked the end of threats to free speech on the site are likely to be disappointed.

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There’s a Reason Why Twitter Won’t Let You Turn Off its Content Filter

Has Twitter turned on its userbase? Desperate to develop a viable revenue model as investors start to lose confidence, the microblogging giant has begun to exert greater control over its users’ timelines. Originally presented as a means to tackle “trolling” and “abuse”, new

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Cameron Too Authoritarian Even For Brussels On Internet Access

David Cameron’s measures to limit online pornography have come under attack – from the European Union. Despite its reputation for regulation and authoritarian measures, Brussels is currently considering proposals to make it illegal for mobile and internet firms to automatically block material.