Social filtering

ONI Blog: Global Internet filtering in 2012 at a glance
The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has been documenting Internet filtering globally since 2003. Since that time, the number of countries found to be engaging in the censorship of online content has increased dramatically. While early reports of Internet filtering only identified a small...
ONI Blog: Microsoft Accused of Censorship for Blocking Pirate Bay Links
Microsoft has banned links that advertise the Pirate Bay on Windows Live Messenger. Torrentfreak reports that any Live Messenger user who tries to send a chat with a Pirate Bay link will receive a message saying that the link has not...
ONI Blog: Egypt's Government Plans to Block All Online Pornography
Mohamed Salem, the head of Egypt's Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology, told the Egypt Independent that the government will begin banning pornography completely from the Internet. The National Telecommunications Regulation Authority will form a committee to lay out the technical...
ONI Blog: Food Blogger Evades Iran's Censorship
A food critic who goes by the online pseudonym Mr. Taster recently spoke about getting around Iran's sophisticated Internet restrictions, as Mashable reports. At the 2012 Reykjavik Internet Marketing Conference, he discussed how he uses virtual private networks to use Facebook...
ONI Blog: China Cracks Down on Weibo Discussions of Bo Xilai
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese government is cracking down on Weibo again, this time in a more direct measure to prevent outlash against the removal of Chinese politican Bo Xilai from his Party position as secretary of Chongqing...
ONI Blog: PayPal Backs Off on "Erotica" Policy After Criticism of Censorship
PayPal recently announced that it would allow e-book merchants who sell erotic content to use their payment system. Previously, the company prohibited erotic e-book sellers from using its payment services. On PayPal's corporate blog, spokesperson Anuj Nayar wrote: Unlike many other...
ONI Blog: Chinese Internet Users Flood Obama's Google+ Page After Finding Firewall Hole
After Chinese Internet users found a hole in the Great Firewall of China last week, many of them took advantage of the opportunity to visit President Obama's Google+ campaign page. On February 20, web users in the country noticed that Google+...
ONI Blog: Russian Government Shuts Down Public Health Website
Yesterday, Human Rights Watch reported that the Russian government deliberately shut down the website of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice. The website discussed the drug methadone, which is known to be effective in combatting opiate addiction...
ONI Blog: India Threatens to "Pull a China" and Block Social Networking Sites
China is well known as a leader in online censorship, but no other government has explicitly referenced the country as an example to follow—until now. Last Thursday, Delhi's High Court ordered Facebook and Google India to remove all "objectionable and offensive" material...
ONI Blog: India Government Asks Social Media Companies to Screen Content
The Indian government met with social media companies including Google and Facebook to discuss prescreening user content before it goes live on their respective websites. Executives from the companies organized a dicussion with telecommunications minister Kapil Sibal in order to negotiate...