Tag: Internet Censorship

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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.

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Why is Twitter Censoring Our Timelines Without Consent?

Twitter has come under fire from its users after installing mandatory content filters that cannot be switched off. The new system censors the newsfeeds of users without their consent, causing messages from followers and strangers alike to be automatically hidden

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Russia Updates ‘Personal Data’ Laws to Ban Putin Memes

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s media watchdog group, has updated a “personal data” law to allow for the government to regulate and ban memes using the likenesses of public personalities, including President Vladimir Putin.

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Poll: One in Four Russians Thinks Putin Jokes Should Be ‘Off-Limits’

A full quarter of Russian respondents to a poll by state-run pollster VTsIOM answered that jokes about President Vladimir Putin should be off-limits to comedians. 79 percent said religious jokes are inappropriate, with more than half answering the same for war and terrorism.

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China Internet Censors Create Theme Song, Then Censor Themselves?

Chinese Internet censors created and performed a rousing tribute to themselves earlier this week during a New Year celebration talent show, although efforts to remove the videos from the Internet prompted questions as to whether the censors are attempting to censor