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Shuttered Zoom accounts raise China free speech fears

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Zoom is the latest in a long line of western social media and tech companies which have found themselves struggling to deal with the demands of authoritarian governments in lucrative overseas markets


Hong Kong Tiananmen activist says locked out of Zoom

Jun 11, 2020 - 6:12 PM

Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance, says he has been locked out of Zoom since May 22 when his group tried to host an online discussion on China's influence around the world


U.N. accuses Asian nations of censorship during pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:32 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says arrests 'for expressing discontent or allegedly spreading false information through the press and social media' have been reported in the Philippines and 11 other countries

Chinese citizens fight coronavirus censorship with emojis and ancient languages

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:00 AM

After an article about a Wuhan doctor was blocked, thousands of people have used a variety of innovative means to keep sharing it

SCRUBBING THE WEB. Adapted GIF Graphics from Gogi Kamushadze for Coda Story

China blocks almost a quarter of accredited foreign news sites – watchdog

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Some 31% of news organizations publishing primarily in English, the most widely-spoken foreign language in China, are blocked, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China says

10 countries cited for extreme media censorship – watchdog

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The report by the Committee to Protect Journalists says the worst regimes have media serving 'as a mouthpiece of the state, and any independent journalism is conducted from exile'

Australia plans to censor extremist online content

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The livestreamed murder of 51 worshippers 'demonstrated how digital platforms and websites can be exploited to host extreme violent and terrorist content,' Prime Minister Scott Morrison says

Facebook on trial for 'censorship' in Poland

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:10 PM

'We'd like to know what mechanisms Facebook uses to moderate content,' says historian Maciej Swirski

Singapore fake-news bill raises fears of censorship

May 04, 2019 - 12:21 PM

According to Singapore’s draft law, ministers get to decide without any judicial review what online content is true or false simply if it offends them. Other countries may do the same

Visual by Gogi Kamushadze/Coda Story

Egypt president approves law tightening Internet controls

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The new legislation allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that 'constitute a threat' to Egypt's national security or economy

Googlers bristle at censoring search for China – report

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Google withdrew its search engine from China 8 years ago due to censorship and hacking but it is now working on a project for the country codenamed 'Dragonfly,' according to Google employees

Google developing censor-friendly search engine for China – source

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:38 PM

'It will be a dark day for internet freedom if Google has acquiesced to China's extreme censorship rules to gain market access,' says an Amnesty International researcher

GOOGLE CHINA. This photo taken on April 11, 2016 shows visitors gathering at Google booth during the 2016 China International Electronic Commerce Expo in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province. AFP Photo/STR

Facebook blocking fake news is censorship? Hell yeah!

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:15 AM

We all aspire for the truth and we are all benefited if people can agree on the facts and the truth. We don’t need fake news to identify real news.

Thai magazine sued for 'blasphemous' painting of ancient kings

Mar 31, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The painting, which was the work of a local high school student, was posted on Citylife Chiang Mai's Facebook page to promote a rally urging authorities to tackle a toxic haze that plagues the northern city annually

PROTEST. A Thai activist wears a badge carrying a picture of Surachai Danwattananusorn - a lese majeste convict sentenced to 15 years in jail - calling for the repeal of article 112 of the Criminal Code. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Muzzled China feminist group to sue over online censorship

Mar 24, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Feminist Voices has 'already begun legal procedures and is preparing to sue Weibo and WeChat,' says the group's founder

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Feb 27, 2018 - 7:44 PM

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Facebook denies 'censoring' 19th-century vagina painting

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:45 AM

This comes after Facebook fought for 5 years to avoid being taken to court in France over the case

FACEBOOK. How can you protect yourself online? File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Myanmar university students expelled after education protest

Jan 27, 2018 - 5:42 PM

"We... were given a letter saying that we were expelled for breaking regulations," says Kyaw Thiha Ye Kyaw, a 22-year-old law student at Yadanabon.

CRITICIZED. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Manila on November 13, 2017. Photo by Athith Perawongmetha / AFP

Iran removes block on Telegram

Jan 14, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Iranian officials confirm the app can now be used again after the lifting of restrictions imposed during recent protests

China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015 – Xinhua

Dec 24, 2017 - 5:47 PM

The news comes as the Communist country continues to strengthen its already tight regulation of the internet

VIDEO BANS. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist meeting

Sep 26, 2017 - 12:07 PM

WhatsApp provides message encryption technology that likely does not please Chinese authorities, which closely monitor and restrict cyberspace through their 'Great Firewall'

China probes social media platforms for 'obscenity'

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:52 PM

WeChat the Twitter like Weibo as well as the Tieba discussion forum are being investigated according to an announcement from the Cyberspace Administration of China on Friday August 11

In China, writers earn money posting stories on apps

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:26 PM

One popular Chinese writer on WeChat Mi Meng earns as much as 500 000 yuan P3 8M for ad postings on her account Another Qiao Mu receives around 1 000 yuan P7 500 in app enabled tips for each short essay

China orders tech firms to ramp up censorship

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Cyberspace Administration of China says it held a meeting this week with representatives from domestic tech giants Baidu Sohu Tencent Netease and Phoenix to inform them of multiple violations in content published on their platforms

China bans online videos showing homosexuality, affairs

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:29 PM

Violent and pornographic content as well as those depicting extramarital affairs prostitution drug addiction or superstitious behaviour such as conjuring spirits are also banned

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May 26, 2017 - 10:23 PM

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AFP to 'exercise right to censure' under martial law

May 26, 2017 - 2:47 PM

[Kapag] alam ninyo na ito y nakakasama at hindi nakakatulong ‘wag nyo na ho i post Baka minsan na lang kakatukin na lang kayo ng pulis at aarestuhin kayo says AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

MARTIAL LAW. Brigadier General Restituto Padilla speaks to the media in Davao City. Beside him is Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Leaked Facebook files: Crucial numbers to know

May 23, 2017 - 8:14 PM

These figures show you the enormity of the task that the house that Zuckerberg built now faces

CENTER OF ATTENTION. Mark Zuckerberg and his company face new pressure to implement more effective changes immediately or else, inch closer to external regulation.

Uncovered moderation guidelines show Facebook in quagmire

May 22, 2017 - 2:43 PM

The Guardian shows the complexity Facebook faces in moderating sensitive content

IN VIEW. Uncovered Facebook moderation guidelines show how the social network processes flagged or reported content. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Myanmar's army sues journalists for satirical article

May 17, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The article takes aim at senior leaders for sitting around holding peace talks and drinking wine while low rank soldiers are being killed

'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown uncut in Malaysia

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The film will be released in Malaysia on the 30th March rated PG13 with no cuts a spokeswoman for Disney in Southeast Asia says

HALT. In this file photo, Malaysian ticket-seller sits behind a notice displayed regarding the release of the film 'Beauty and the Beast' at a Golden Screen Cinemas theatre in Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Disney scraps Malaysia 'Beauty and the Beast' release over censorship

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:27 AM

Disney says the film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia effectively shelving plans to release it in the Southeast Asian country

Disney shelves 'Beauty and the Beast' in Malaysia after cuts

Mar 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Censors in the Muslim majority nation reportedly cut out a gay moment in the movie

LEFOU. director Bill Condon says that there will be an 'exclusively gay moment' involving Josh Gad's character LeFou in the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' live-action remake. The photo above shows Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou in the movie. Photo courtesy of Disney

China cracks down on bids to bypass online censorship

Jan 23, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The announcement comes days after President Xi Jinping extolled globalization and denounced protectionism in a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos where he insisted that China was committed to opening up

Facebook suspends anti-Marcos journalist's account

Nov 28, 2016 - 8:43 PM

UPDATED As of 11:46 pm on November 28 Inday Varona says her Facebook account was resurrected and thanked the people who helped restore her account

SUSPENDED. Image of Inday Espina-Varona from Twitter.

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China – report

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The tool is part of the social network s attempt to reenter China where it has been banned since 2009

Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. Facebook on Monday became the latest US tech giant to announce new investment in Britain with hundreds of extra jobs but hinted its success depended on skilled migration after Britain leaves the European Union. The premier social network underlined London's status as a global technology hub at a British company bosses' summit where Prime Minister Theresa May sought to allay business concerns about Brexit. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS

Facebook to allow more graphic news

Oct 22, 2016 - 9:40 AM

The social network says it will begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy even if these violate site standards

The "Facebook"-logo is pictured on the sidelines of a press preview of the so-called "Facebook Innovation Hub" in Berlin on February 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Vietnam media told: No story about Duterte drug war before visit

Oct 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Vietnamese journalists are reportedly told by their country s government officials to help ensure a good atmosphere for Duterte s visit

'GOOD ATMOSPHERE.' President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Vietnamese officials beside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the State Palace in Hanoi on September 29, 2016. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

A United Nations report says a total of 30 journalists were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016

United Nations soldiers secure a partially-crumbled perimeter wall following twin car bombings outside the UN's office in Mogadishu on July 26, 2016.  At least 13 people were killed on July 26 in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

Facebook makes changes to avoid political bias

May 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM

These changes include clearer guidelines refresher training and more oversight

epa05130276 (FILE) A file picture dated 04 April 2013, shows Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pausing during an event at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. Smartphone advertising fueled record earnings on 27 January 2016 for Facebook, as the company reported more than 1 billion US dollar in quarterly income for the first time - more than double the year before. Facebook netted 1.56 billion US dollar for 2015's fourth quarter, up 125 percent from 701 million for the same period in 2014. Revenues rose 52 percent year-on-year to 5.84 billion US dollar. The world's largest internet social network reported 3.69 billion US dollar in net income for the full year, up from 2.94 billion for 2014. Advertising accounts for nearly all of Facebook's revenue, and 80 percent of ad revenue came from adverts on Facebook's mobile sites. As of the end of 2015, Facebook had 1.59 billion active users worldwide, the company said, an increase of 40 million over the previous quarter. More than nine out of 10 users accessed Facebook via smartphones and tablets. Facebook has recently made changes to the way ads appear - between posts on user feeds, rather than to the side - to a noticeable spike in sales. EPA/PETER DaSILVA

Zuckerberg to meet with conservatives on bias claims

May 16, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Political commentator Glenn Beck and talk show host Dana Perino are among those invited to the meeting with Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg

epa04460916 A handout picture made available by Tsinghua University on 24 October 2014 shows Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, 22 October 2014. EPA/TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY / HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Facebook denies anti-conservative bias, censorship

May 11, 2016 - 9:40 PM

We take these reports extremely seriously and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true says Facebook executive Tom Stocky

epa04901364 (FILE) A file picture dated 28 November 2013 shows a man using the social networking site Facebook on his phone at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. More than one billion people logged into the social media network Facebook in one day, marking a new record for the company, said Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on 27 August 2015. The 31-year-old entrepreneur said the milestone was the 'beginning of connecting the whole world,' according to a message on his Facebook site. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

Philippines inches up in World Press Freedom Index

Apr 20, 2016 - 1:33 PM

The Philippines jumps to rank 138 from its 2015 rank of 141 in the survey but its score declined Reporters Without Borders says

Official news agency neglected after EDSA 1

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:17 AM

A lot of people who worked under the Marcos regime were unceremoniously branded as undesirable and cast aside by the conquering heroes and heroines

DIVIDED. EDSA I is remembered for uniting the nation, but the aftermath shows divisions borne out of the distrust at the institutions and people from the Marcos regime. Image courtesy of Mara Mercado

Russia's Internet censorship grew nine-fold in 2015 – rights group

Feb 16, 2016 - 10:58 PM

The group Agora finds incidents of Internet censorship increased from 1 019 in 2014 to 9 022 in 2015

Netflix is latest victim: 5 things censored in Indonesia

Jan 27, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Indonesia has had a tumultuous relationship with internet censorship Here s a look at 5 other companies censored by Indonesia

Taiwan's new leader disappears from Chinese social network

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Searches for Tsai Ing wen and Taiwan elections on the Twitter like Weibo network turn up this message: According to relevant laws regulations and policies the results for this search cannot be shown

NEW PRESIDENT. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (C) celebrates her victory in Taipei on January 15, 2016.

Journalist facing expulsion a 'flagrant champion' of terrorism – China

Dec 26, 2015 - 3:23 PM

China says French journalist Ursula Gauthier flagrantly championed acts of terrorism and acts of cruelly killing innocents triggering the Chinese people’s outrage

EXPULSION. China says flagrantly Ursula Gauthier's piece 'championed acts of terrorism and acts of cruelly killing innocents, triggering the Chinese people’s outrage.' File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

Cries of 'inquisition' as Vatican puts journalists in dock over leaks

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Two journalists and three Vatican officials go on trial over the publication of classified documents in a case critics have attacked as having a whiff of the inquisition

ON TRIAL. Italian journalists and writers Gianluigi Nuzzi (R) and Emiliano Fittipaldi (L) leave after the first day of Vatileaks 2 trial in Vatican, 24 November 2015. Photo by Massimo Percossi / EPA

Bangladesh bans Facebook, chat apps for security reasons

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Bangladesh authorities insist an almost week long ban on Facebook and mobile messaging services would remain until security in the tense country improved

PROTEST. Bengali activists from the Pakistan Muslim Alliance (PMA) carry a banner during a protest against the Bangladesh government over the execution of Bangladeshi Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, in Karachi on November 22, 2015. Photo bt Rizwan Tabassum / AFP