Featured stories from April 2019
Stories from April, 2019
Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.
For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.
People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.
Government actions in Sri Lanka Easter bombings raise the question: Is social media helping or hurting?
The swift decision to block certain social media platforms suggests that in the eyes of the Sri Lankan government, these services can make an already bad situation worse.
Digital privacy tools draw suspicion in the US and Ecuador, India tackles Tiktok, and a Chinese man learns that facial recognition works -- even while you’re sleeping.
Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.
Activists, who have recently been released from prison, only enjoy freedom from 6am to 6pm.
Many people saw the bus accident, the result of a fight onboard, as an allegory of China's political turn in recent years.
Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.
Tan Qindong was arrested after revealing the presence of toxic herbs in a popular medicinal liquor. Posts about his ordeal were censored on WeChat.
The movement triggered a backlash for independent journalists and people who wanted to document the protests and ensuing crackdown.
Netizen Report: As water levels rise, Iran’s ban on messaging apps is slowing emergency relief for flood victims
Iranians ask for censorship pause in face of fatal floods, Indians suspect Facebook of election meddling and Australia tries to ban violent videos.
"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."
The public prosecution accuses the two bloggers of spreading what it deemed were "false" reports of corruption allegations against the Mauritanian President.
While the internet can provide a platform for marginalized voices, it can also facilitate their victimization.
"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."