As pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong, the tech giant’s troubling relationship with an authoritarian regime has come into focus.
Leak spells out how social media app advances China’s foreign policy aims
China is intercepting texts from WeChat users living outside of the country, mostly from the U.S. Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia. NPR reports:
The popular Chinese messaging app WeChat is Zhou Fengsuo's most reliable communication link to China. That's because he hasn't been back in over two dec...
Fotograaf Thijs Heslenfeld heeft aangifte gedaan tegen Facebook bij het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) in Amsterdam, schrijft De Volkskrant . ...
In partnership with Psiphon, we are launching a custom app for Android and Windows devices that circumvents China’s censorship of The Intercept.
A group of employees said Google made hundreds of changes to smartphone apps for the controversial project, thought to be defunct.
At a blockchain event i was at on Friday, someone made an offhand comment about how Patreon's editorial decisions meant that people no longer felt
Tech companies, democratic governments, and civil society need to work together to fight back against growing surveillance and censorship online.
Publicly, Google executive Ben Gomes has called the censored search engine “an exploration.” Privately, he wanted it completed “as soon as possible.”
Google’s plan for a censored search engine in China also blacklists terms like “Nobel Prize” and “human rights.”
How to: beat Chinese social media image-filtering
Facebook offered a jumble of explanations for why Telesur's English-language page was suddenly taken down and then reinstated two days later.
Op de opiniepagina van Trouw levert Jaron Harambam vandaag kritiek op het bannen van de rechtse complotdenker en haatzaaier Alex Jones van...
Lokman Tsui said a planned censored search engine will put Google in a weak position and alienate employees.
After The Intercept revealed Google's censored search engine for China, employees are “upset and scared” as executives restrict information, sources said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday pushed back against Facebook for banning conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones, suggesting the platform was infringing on the First Amendment.
A bug in iOS 11.3 – fixed in iOS 11.4.1 – revealed that Apple censors the Taiwanese flag on iPhones whose region is set to China …
Reflections on Social Network Content Blocking & Censorship
Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called on Facebook, Google, and other social media companies today to publicly report how many user posts they take down, provide users with detailed explanations about takedowns, and implement appeals policies to boost accountability....
The idea behind domain fronting was that to block a single site, you’d have to block the rest of the internet as well. In the end, the rest of the internet didn’t like that plan.
Social media companies are under tremendous pressure to police their platforms.
The upside of big tech is Russia vs Telegram, but the downside is Cloudflare vs SESTA
Domain-fronting is now a thing of the past
Rohingya activists tell the publication that their accounts are frequently suspended or taken down as they post videos and photos showing the military persecuting them.
Egypt's severe online censorship and crackdown on civil society threatens human rights during the election period.
From Cloudflare’s headline-making takedown of the Daily Stormer last autumn to YouTube’s summer restrictions on LGBTQ content, there's been a surge in “voluntary” platform censorship. Companies—under pressure from lawmakers, shareholders, and the public alike—have ramped up restrictions on speech,...
Civil liberties groups raise concerns company is ‘picking and choosing’ politicians to censor at US government request after Chechen leader’s accounts deleted
"There are lines one shouldn’t cross," says the CEO of the popular messaging app.
In the same day, the president of the United States and many local journalists both suffered the precariousness of life online.
YouTube has suspended the video account of popular Chinese dissident Guo Wengui amid a mounting pressure from the Beijing government.
Tote bag created by artist Frances Cannon features two nude women dancing but was ‘in no way meant to be controversial’
Actor who has spoken out in Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal is banned in move that will reignite controversy around Twitter abuse rules
Je publiceert dat stuk. En meteen na publicatie wordt het verwijderd door Facebook. Hoe kan dat?
The ruthless efficiency with which the Spanish government censored the internet ahead of the referendum on Catalan independence foreshadowed the severity of its crackdown at polling places on 1 October. EDRi member Electronic Frontier Foundation previously wrote about one aspect of that censorship; the raid of the .cat top-level domain registry. But there was much …
Image by Arturo Filastò (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is “dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism.” Subsequently...
By pulling VPN apps from the App Store in China, Apple joins a long list of tech companies that have given in to censorship.
China orders mobile app stores to remove VPN apps
In the wake of recent terror attacks, people have questioned the role of tech companies in fighting terrorism online.
The barring of a non-terrorist group for ‘terrorist activity’ sparks debate – again – about how overloaded moderators can handle content fairly and accurately
When you encourage Holocaust denial, you get a Trump.
Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics
Simply notifying people of drone strikes — and the lives they take — was previously deemed "excessively objectionable or crude."
A coalition of more than 70 social and racial justice organizations urged Facebook to adopt reforms that would better target abusive content and harassment
Instagram bans female nipples, but closeup images make it difficult – if not impossible – to tell whether they are male or female
Social network admits error after photo of 16th-century statue in Piazza del Nettuno was blocked for showing the body ‘to an excessive degree’
A technique called "domain fronting" makes the app's encrypted traffic look no different from a Google search.
Campaigners label bill targeted at online pornography a ‘prurient’ intervention that will take Britain’s censorship regime back to pre-internet era
Twee derde van alle internetgebruikers woont in landen waar kritiek op de overheid, het leger of het koningshuis wordt gecensureerd.
Comedy writer has exactly the right response to his kid's Fahrenheit 451 permission slip
Deciding to make judgments about the newsworthiness of content is a major shift for the social media platform whose CEO insists it is ‘not a media company’
As always, our goal is to channel our community's values, and to make sure our policies reflect our community's interests.
Social networking company apologises after picture of woman having mammogram with her breast exposed falls foul of its anti-nipple policy
Volgens de Brandwondenstichting heeft Facebook een advertentie afgekeurd die was bedoeld om de komende collecteweek te promoten. De advertentie bevat een foto van een jonge vrouw met brandwonden in het gezicht.
Facebook is in trouble with the media again, guilty of stupidity by apathy. Still, the media itself hasn't exactly caught up with the reality of the Internet.
The ban against Shaun King, which was revoked as a ‘mistake’ hours later, is the latest incident of site censoring users following Vietnam war photo removal
Company U-turns on its decision to remove the iconic Vietnam war photo featuring a naked girl after global outcry and accusations of ‘abusing power’
Erna Solberg shared photo that had resulted in writer and newspaper falling foul of social media giant’s rules