ONI Presents Social Media Filtering Maps

By: Rebekah Heacock on 2 September 2009

The summer of 2009 was a hectic one for online social media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and a bevy of other sites fell under the censors' axe in China and Iran as political events — namely the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre and the Iranian presidential election — shook both countries.

Based on testing conducted in 2008-2009, the OpenNet Initiative has compiled data on the most frequently blocked social media sites around the world. We are proud to present five new social media filtering maps that serve as easy visual guides to the countries where Facebook, Flickr, Orkut, Twitter and YouTube are blocked.


You know, it just shows you how corrupt some of these countries are that they fear information. What they really fear, of course, is having their citizens find out how other cultures are living around the world. The truth hurts. So, they keep them in the dark and treat them like mushrooms. These filtering maps can be a real help to those citizens that are in the dark. I certainly hope this does well. casino


China has come so far in trading terms and is happy to do vast amounts of business with the West. What is it scared of?

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