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Google China Prototype Allows Government To Track Search Queries Of Citizens

Google's new search engine for China will allow the government to track the search queries of its citizens. Codenamed Project Dragonfly, it will also prevent Chinese people from accessing information deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party.

Google September 17, 2018

Google Reportedly Working On Search Engine For China That Will Censor Results

Google has apparently been working on a search engine app for China since last year. It’ll be released as an Android app and will comply with the country's censorship policies by clocking out certain search results.

Google August 2, 2018

Papua New Guinea Bans Facebook For 1 Month To Identify 'Fake Accounts'

Papua New Guinea revealed that Facebook would be temporarily banned for an entire month in the nation. Officials want to locate fake accounts in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Internet May 30, 2018

Facebook Censors 30,000-Year-Old Statue Venus Of Willendorf Calling It Pornographic

Censors at Facebook have determined that a 30,000-year-old statue that doesn't even show nipples is pornographic. A post featuring the Venus of Willendorf was removed even after appeals.

Viral February 28, 2018

Google Shopping Glitch Wouldn't Let People Search For The Word Gun, It Even Stopped Users From Searching For Gundams Or Wine

Google Shopping removed all searches that featured the word gun after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. This becomes problematic for products that feature the word gun in the title but have nothing to do with the weapon.

Google February 28, 2018

The CDC’s Seven Dirty Words - Is Scientific Progress At Stake?

It was recently revealed that the Trump administration suggested that the CDC keep 7 keywords out of its presentation of future budget proposals.

December 22, 2017

‘Great Firewall’ Of China Blocks WhatsApp Amid Growing Online Censorship Problem

China has decided to block WhatsApp ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, leaving Facebook without significant presence in the country. It marks yet another exercise in censorship by the Great Firewall of China.

Internet September 26, 2017

Wikipedia Blocked In Turkey: Government Claims Website Is Running A 'Smear Campaign' Against The Country

The government of Turkey has blocked access to all language versions of Wikipedia after alleging that the online encyclopedia is running a 'smear campaign' against the country. Turkey is now the second country to ban Wikipedia, after China.

Internet April 30, 2017

Facebook Reportedly Aims To Re-Enter China With New Censorship Tool, But Would It Work?

Facebook has reportedly been working on a censorship tool to seep through the Great Firewall of China. The purported tool would hide any Facebook posts that could violate China's censorship rules, but would that be a viable solution?

Internet November 23, 2016

Facebook Accused Of Censoring Palestinian Journalists Accounts

Facebook is facing censorship allegations after it blocked the personal accounts of multiple Palestinian journalists, this weekend. The social media company, which recently tightened ties with the Israeli military, said that it is 'very sorry' and blamed the suspensions on a mistake.

Apps/Software September 26, 2016

Video Creators Accuse YouTube Of Censorship After Notification Improvement: No, Ad Guidelines Weren't Changed

YouTube clarified that it has not changed any of its policy on demonetizing videos that may be inappropriate for Google's brand advertisers. The video-sharing platform also notes that its new notification integration was added for transparency and better communication with content creators.

Internet September 3, 2016

China Threatens To Punish News Outlets That Spread Reports On Social Media

The Cyberspace Administration of China is threatening to crack down on news outlets that spread fake reports through social media or use false information found on social media platforms. But is there more to the story?

Internet July 6, 2016

Facebook, Google Tuning Systems To Eradicate Extremist Content: How Will It Work?

Facebook and Google have started to use automated processes to eradicate extremist content from their platforms. The system is the same one used to seek and delete copies of copyright-protected videos.

Google June 26, 2016

NISA Reveals 'Criminal Girls 2' September Release Date, Explains Reasoning Behind Censorship

NISA has revealed that 'Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors' will be coming to North America on Sept. 20 and Europe on Sept. 23. Unfortunately, it also revealed that the game will have just as much censorship — if not more — than the first.

Video Games June 1, 2016

Iran Orders Foreign Social Media And Messaging Apps To Store Data Within Its Borders

Iran announced new measures for foreign social media and messaging apps operating in the country. Such apps have one year to transfer their data within Iranian borders, which would imply establishing data centers in the country.

Internet May 30, 2016

'Game Of Thrones' Season 6 Spoilers Restored Online After Failed HBO Censorship Attempt

A YouTube video containing potential 'Game Of Thrones' spoilers was removed by YouTube based on HBO’s claims of copyright infringement, even though none occurred. The clip has since been restored.

Internet May 11, 2016

Stephen Hawking Gains One Million Followers Within Six Hours After Opening Weibo Account

It only took six hours for Stephen Hawking’s Weibo account to hit one million followers. Weibo is China’s Twitter-like site and has 222 million active users worldwide.

Internet April 13, 2016

These Are The Words Nintendo Censors From Appearing On The 3DS

A redditor posted .txt files that list all the words Nintendo bans from its 3DS dictionary, ranging in the obvious expletives to funny, yet vulgar swears.

Geek February 17, 2016

Thailand Military Government To Pressure Facebook, Line To Censor Content

Thailand's military government will try persuading media companies Facebook and Line to comply with court orders to take down content considered harmful to peace and order. Civilian arrests over related laws have already sharply increased.

Internet February 3, 2016

Nintendo Removes Controversial 'Fire Emblem Fates' Scene For Western Release

A controversial scene from Nintendo's upcoming 3DS title 'Fire Emblem Fates' is being changed for its Western release.

Geek January 21, 2016

Censorship By Carrier: Telstra Bans Swear Words From Text Messages Sent Through Its Network

Telstra censors swear words on voice-to-text messages on its network, dropping the F and C bombs from its list of acceptable words. They won't be re-worded like in Apple's case, as they will be replaced by long dashes instead.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 29, 2015

Reddit Banned In Turkey Over Censorship Controversy

Turkey's version of the FCC, the Turkish Supreme Council for Telecommunications and IT, has banned the popular user-generated news site Reddit over a law that allows it to block sites that have suspected, unsavory content — with no authorization from the courts.

Internet November 16, 2015

Nintendo Is Censoring 13-Year-Old 'Xenoblade Chronicles X' Character Over Racy Costume

Nintendo's localized port of 'Xenoblade Chronicles X' will come with more subdued character costume options. Of note is a 13-year-old character named Lin who is inappropriately dressed for her age according to Western customs.

Video Games November 3, 2015

Turkey Calls For Social Media Blackout After Ankara Terrorist Attack: Twitter And Facebook Blocked

The Turkish Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK) has imposed a ban on social media site so that people are unable to broadcast images or footage of the blast at the peace rally in Ankara. Users are unable to access Facebook and Twitter.

Internet October 12, 2015

This Is The Gory 'Metal Gear Solid V' Scene That Was Censored In Japan

One particular scene in 'Metal Gear Solid V' was deemed too much for Japanese gamers. Which scene was it and why? Find out here.

Geek September 7, 2015

How Tight Is Internet Censorship In China? It Censors WeChat Even For Harmless Rumors

A report from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab sheds light on the extent of censorship in China and shows that, in recent years, the country's Internet watchdogs have started cracking down on "rumor mongering" on social media apps such as WeChat.

Internet July 22, 2015

Australia Has Banned More Than 200 Video Games In Four Months

In preparation for a new classification system, the Australian government has banned more than 200 video games this year, including 'Hotline Miami 2.'

Internet Culture July 2, 2015

China's 'Great Cannon' Hints At Country's Growing Influence Over Web Censorship

The Great Firewall of China now has a massive cannon. About two weeks ago, the world got its first look at China's Great Cannon.

Internet Culture April 11, 2015

Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Other Chinese Tech Titans Wipe Out More Than 60,000 Online Accounts

Chinese companies cooperate with upcoming new regulations that require Chinese citizens to use their real name on the Internet. One critic, however, sees the rules as having a chilling effect on the freedom of speech.

Internet March 1, 2015

Google Tweaks Policy About Sexually Explicit Content On Blogger

Google no longer wants adult content on Blogger. Has Google become a prude?

Internet February 24, 2015

Facebook Reintroduces Warning Labels to Violent, Graphic Content

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. That's why Facebook decided to strike a balance between free speech and child protection by placing warnings for graphic videos and images that are deemed to be offensive and inappropriate.

Internet January 15, 2015

Google's Latest Transparency Report Says Gov't Data Removal Requests Down

Governments have eased up slightly over their quest to have data removed from Google's index, but the change isn't much.

Internet December 23, 2014

Google is Engineering Exit of Engineers from Russia: We Will Not Bow to Censorship

Google's plan to shut down its engineering operations in Russia comes after the country passed restrictive laws on data storage and Internet freedom.

Business December 13, 2014

Target Banned 'GTA V' In Australia, So Some Aussies Have Formed A Change.Org Petition To Ban The Bible Too

Target withdrew 'Grand Theft Auto V' from store shelves for containing sexual violence, so now some Aussies are calling for the retailer to do the same with the Bible.

Geek December 4, 2014

Why are these news stories banned from Google in Europe?

A law passed by the European Union high court allows private citizens to remove their virtual footprint when searched for on engines like Google. The 'right to be forgotten' ruling can result in news stories being removed from search results.

Internet Culture October 8, 2014

'Tropico 5' outlawed in Thailand for peace and order reasons (Video)

Thailand's military government shuts down aspiring dictators, even when they're in a video game, apparently. The country has banned 'Tropico 5,' a city-building simulator game in which players take on the role of an autocrat.

Video Games August 4, 2014

China censors messaging apps, Flickr. Disruptions linked to Hong Kong protests

Service disruption for Flickr, OneDrive and a couple of messaging apps in Hong Kong wasn’t a technical problem. One anti-censorship group says the government blocked the services due to a massive protest for a full democratic election in 2017.

Internet July 4, 2014

Facebook censorship: India leads the way

India tops the global community for the number of Facebook censorship requests. It beats out Turkey and others for the top position.

Internet April 12, 2014

Sina Weibo took a very sharp hit in 2013: Why?

Top Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo lost 9 percent of its total user base in 2013. That's unnerving.

Internet January 20, 2014

Google outs latest Transparency Report on web takedown requests by governments

How governments want to censor what appears online is quite alarming, according to the latest Google Transparency Report.

Society December 20, 2013

Facebook allows gory videos, criticized by British PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called Facebook “irresponsible” for its decision to allow videos displaying graphic violence.

Internet October 23, 2013

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