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No Joke: Saudi Prince Declares War on Cyber Satire

Online satire that “disrupts public order” is now punishable with up to five years in prison, the Saudi Arabia public prosecutor said Tuesday, as the kingdom seeks to end dissent questioning its absolute monarchy.

A woman reads a copy of Egyptian newspaper 'Al-Tahrir' with the headline 'No to Dictatorship' on December 3, 2012 in Cairo. A cartoon of a newspaper in human form chained in a cell was pasted on the front of several independent papers including Al-Watan and Al-Masry Al-Youm with the line …

Egyptian Authorities Call on Citizens to Report on the Media

Egypt wants its citizens to report on the news media. Escalating a pre-election crackdown on independent or critical reporting, Egyptian authorities have published a list of telephone numbers for citizens to alert them to reports they view as undermining security or spreading false news.

Mark Zuckerberg

EU Fines Facebook Over Misleading Information

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s competition watchdog has fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp Suspends Giving Facebook European User Data

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – WhatsApp has temporarily suspended giving parent company Facebook information about users in Europe for ad targeting, responding to concerns there over privacy, a source close to the matter said.

A data sharing deal will allow Facebook to target advertising at WhatsApp users who are also on the social media platform

Social Media Silenced in Turkey After Government Crackdown

Internet users in Turkey were on Friday experiencing severe difficulties accessing social media after the country was plunged into new turbulence by the detention of its main pro-Kurdish leaders, correspondents and a watchdog said.

A Whatsapp App logo is seen behind a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone that is logged on to Facebook in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, February 20, 2014. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC

Pakistan: Christian Charged with Blasphemy over WhatsApp Poem

Police have detained two Christian women after their brother went into hiding this week, following an accusation of blasphemy from a “friend” who claims Naseem James sent him an un-Islamic poem on the messaging application WhatsApp.

A Whatsapp App logo is seen behind a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone that is logged on to Facebook in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, February 20, 2014. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC

India: Supreme Court Hears Case to Ban WhatsApp for ‘Aiding Terrorists’

This Wednesday, India’s Supreme Court will hear a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking a ban on WhatsApp in the subcontinent on the grounds that the messaging platform’s end-to-end encryption could provide terrorists with access to one another through the app, which is impossible to intercept.

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Study: Facebook Pages Used as ‘Online Arms Bazaars’ for Terrorists

The New York Times reports it was able to persuade Facebook to shut down six web pages used as “sprawling online arms bazaars” for terrorists and militants, “offering weapons ranging from handguns and grenades to heavy machine guns and guided missiles.”