Social filtering

ONI Blog: Afghanistan begins Internet filtering with Gmail, Facebook
Afghanistan has followed up on its promise to begin filtering the Internet: the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports the country is now blocking Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, YouTube and a host of sites related to alcohol, gambling and sex. In March, the...
ONI Blog: ONI releases updated social media filtering map
The OpenNet Initiative is proud to announce the release of its newly updated social media filtering map, which displays the states and regions around the world where some of the most popular social media websites are censored. In the past few years,...
Page: Social Media Filtering Map
In the past few years, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have caught the attention of governments around the world. Some governments have chosen to respond to the politically and socially sensitive content on these sites by shutting...
ONI Blog: Censorship by Venezuela’s largest ISP
Global Voices author Marianne Díaz reported that quelacreo (NSFW), a site that features photographs and video of violent sex crimes, was censored by CANTV, the government-controlled ISP that provides Internet service to over three quarters of the national population. In...
ONI Blog: South African politician wants to ban online porn
As China unblocks a wave of pornographic sites, South Africa's Deputy Minister of Home Affairs has declared his intent to ban all digital pornography in the country. The stated goal of the draft bill (PDF), developed in conjunction with...
ONI Blog: Vietnam's New Green Dam?
Vietnam is continuing its steep fall down a slippery slope of Internet censorship and filtration and is raising more concerns over its new cyber-technology implementation. Internet censorship is nothing new to Vietnam, yet its policies have remained very much out...
ONI Blog: Bangladesh unblocks Facebook
Last week we reported that Bangladesh had blocked Facebook for offensive content, including depictions of Mohammed and "obnoxious images" of the country's political officials as well as links to pornographic sites. According to the BBC, Facebook has taken down the...
ONI Blog: China Blocks Foursquare, Unblocks Porn
A year ago this week, I wrote about how China was cracking down on social media sites in preparation for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square. This year, government censors are taking a different tack, making a flood of...
ONI Blog: Pakistan Lifts Facebook Ban; Bangladesh Cracks Down
As Pakistan lifted a two-week long ban on Facebook Monday, Bangladesh began blocking the site. Both bans followed the creation of a Facebook group promoting "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," an event that encourages participants to submit artistic representations of the prophet...
ONI Blog: Facebook Blocked in Pakistan Following "Draw Mohammad Day" Competition
Last month, following controversy over Comedy Central's decision not to show a depiction of the prophet Mohammad on the popular TV show South Park, Seattle-based cartoonist Molly Norris came up with the idea for "Draw Mohammad Day," to assert the right...