Overview[ edit ] The strong protections for freedom of speech and expression against federal, state, and local government censorship are rooted in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. These protections extend to the Internet and as a result very little government mandated technical filtering occurs in the US. Nevertheless, the Internet in the United States is highly regulated, supported by a complex set of legally binding and privately mediated mechanisms. Gambling, cyber security, and dangers to children who frequent social networking sites are important ongoing debates.
In reality, though, what is allowed in one country is very different to that allowed in another. The organisation ranks each country by its internet freedom: The areas in darkest red score the highest, in other words, have the least internet freedom.
China, for instance, scores 88, and South Africa Freedom House Global trends The study found that internet freedom around the world declined in for the sixth consecutive year, and that many people are being punished for their use of social media.
Authorities in 38 countries made arrests based on social media posts over the past year. That's compared to 21 countries where people were arrested for content published on news sites or blogs.
But it's not just the social networking sites where some users can be at risk; internet messaging systems are also being targeted. WhatsApp faced the most restrictions, with 12 out of 65 countries blocking the entire service or disabling certain features, affecting millions of its one billion users worldwide, during the period of the study June and May Among the trends noted by the report was an expansion in the things some governments looked at.
For instance, sites and pages through which people initiate digital petitions or calls for protests were censored in more countries than before.
Censorship of images was also found to be increasing. But it's not only direct censorship that affects internet freedom. The reports says that in some areas, free-to-access internet phone providers have had their use restricted, or even ended, in order to reduce competition with the traditional telephone networks.
This is a topic of intense debate, and is happening in both democratic and non-democratic nations. The most frequently stated reason for the changes is governments wanting to protect their citizens from terrorist activity; intelligence and law enforcement agencies argue that they need access to information in order to prevent and prosecute terrorist attacks.
Of the 65 countries assessed, 34 have been on a negative trajectory since Junebut 14 countries registered overall improvements. Of the 65 countries assessed, governments in 24 countries impeded access to social media and communication tools, up from 15 the previous year.Some libraries may also block access to certain web pages, including pornography, advertising, chat, gaming, social networking, and online forum sites, but there is a long and important tradition among librarians against censorship and the use of filtering and blocking software in .
Mar 02, · To broaden its censorship efforts, Beijing is venturing outside the Great Firewall and paying more attention to what its citizens are saying on non-Chinese apps and services. President Donald Trump criticized social media companies like Twitter and Facebook on Saturday for censoring conservatives.
“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won.
Back in November , York co-founded Online Censorship, a user-generated platform to document content takedowns on six social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Google+ and YouTube), to address how these sites moderate user-generated .
Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or "inconvenient" as determined by a government or private institution, for example, corporate censorship.
Censorship: the cyclical suppression, banning, expurgation, or editing by an individual, institution, group or government that enforce or influence its .