Stories about South-Asia

Pakistan bans TikTok for the second time

TikTok was blocked in Pakistan for 10 days in October 2020. Access was restored after the app's parent company ByteDance assured authorities it would bolster moderation.

Arrest of Indian climate activist Disha Ravi over protest ‘toolkit’ draws backlash

'Editing a Google Doc in support of farmers is an act of sedition in this country now,' a writer said.

Indian farmers’ protests: Twitter withholds, then restores, prominent accounts by government order

Twitter restored the accounts after concluding they were "speech and newsworthy," a decision the Indian government decried: "Twitter cannot assume the role of a court and justify non-compliance."

In Pakistan, social media platforms risk bans under new ‘draconian’ rules

New rules vesting the government with the power to regulate online content and ban entire platforms drew criticism from human rights groups and tech companies.

October – A bleak month for freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

This article offers a snapshot of challenges to freedom of expression in Sri Lanka during the month of October, 2020.

Pakistan lifts ban on Tiktok with conditions

Pakistani social media users strongly reacted to the ban on TikTok and initiated #UnBanTikTok #TikTokbanned hashtags against it and criticized the telecom industry regulator.

Facebook denies accusations of fuelling hate speech and pro-BJP bias in India

On September 16, Facebook India’s chief issued a statement denying accusations that the social media giant is making profits by giving a platform to hate speech in India.

Policing the digital frontiers: Is India weaponizing technology to silence civil society?

In the word's largest democracy, the targeting of human rights defenders through spyware poses a threat to fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and privacy.

Journalists face sedition charges under cybercrime law in Pakistan

"The alarming increase in such actions against journalists confirms that the government is bent on muzzling freedom of expression."

Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

''Even as the platforms have grown and spread around the world, the center of gravity of these debates continues to revolve around D.C. and San Francisco.''

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