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Why China Silenced a Clickbait Queen in Its Battle for Information Control
"She was known as China’s clickbait queen, an irreverent blogger who prescribed shopping to combat sadness ('better than sex, orgasms, strawberry cake') and makeovers to win back cheating husbands ('men are visual animals'). But late last month, Ma Ling, a blogger who commanded an audience of more than 16 million people, went conspicuously silent. In the battle for control of the Chinese internet, the authorities had designated Ms. Ma a threat to social stability, pointing to an article she published about a young man with cancer whose talent and virtue were not enough to overcome problems like corruption and inequality. The state-run news media accused Ms. Ma of circulating false information, and her social media accounts were wiped from the internet.

The silencing of Ms. Ma, better known in China by her pen name, Mimeng, reflects a broader campaign by President Xi Jinping to purge the public sphere of popular voices that the ruling Communist Party finds threatening, no matter how innocuous they may seem. 'There is no longer any freedom of speech in China,' Jia Jia, a blogger who writes about history, said of the campaign. 'In the end, no one will be spared.'" - Javier C. Hernández, New York Times

+ South China Morning Post: People’s Daily website becomes top stock pick as it ratchets up censorship to new level, fuelling revenue expectations
otf  china  asia  censorship  speech  blogger  maling  mimeng  gfw 
4 hours ago by dmcdev
Under Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law, U.S. tech giants face stricter censorship
"When Vietnam’s government took offense at a game on Google’s app store in which a player could battle characters named after the country’s political figures, the tech behemoth caved. It blocked access to the app in Vietnam, one of Asia’s most promising online markets and a country whose communist leaders have long restricted free speech and criticism of the government.

Under a new cybersecurity law that took effect Jan. 1 and may require compliance within a year, those restrictions are poised to become even more onerous. The Vietnamese legislation could serve as a model for other repressive governments of how to control information and suppress dissent online while at the same time continuing to grow a vibrant tech sector — with activists fearing companies will choose lucrative market access over their censorship concerns. Although implementation guidelines are not yet set, the law will not only compel companies such as Google and Facebook to remove content that the government deems offensive but also to store data inside Vietnam. Additionally, they must set up offices in the country, something they are reluctant to do for fear of exposing staff to official pressure or even arrest." - Timothy McLaughlin, Washington Post
otf  vietnam  asia  SoutheastAsia  seasia  google  censorship  localization  datalocalization 
4 hours ago by dmcdev
Путин подписал законы о наказании за фейковые новости и «явное неуважение» к власти
Информация будет признаваться подлежащей блокировке, если ее распространение несет «угрозу причинения вреда жизни или здоровью граждан, нарушения общественного порядка, создания помех работе систем стратегически важной инфраструктуры».

Второй законопроект, о «явном неуважении» власти, предполагает штрафы от 30 до 100 тысяч рублей, повторное нарушение грозит арестом на срок до 15 суток или штрафом от 100 до 200 тысяч (третье и следующие правонарушения — от 200 до 300 тысяч).

Нарушением будут считаться материалы, «в неприличной форме» отзывающиеся об обществе, государстве, государственных символах (флаге, гербе и гимне), Конституции и органах государственной власти (президенте, парламенте, правительстве и судах). Роскомнадзор будет блокировать эти публикации в досудебном порядке по обращению Генпрокуратуры.

После принятий Госдумой этих законопроектов Совет по правам человека при президенте России призвал Совет Федерации отклонить их и отправить на доработку. Против инициатив Клишаса выступили более 100 журналистов и правозащитников. Они назвали законопроекты «государственными репрессиями против всего журналистского и писательского сообщества».
russian  internet  censorship 
9 hours ago by some_hren
gab | The Free Speech Social Network
A social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online. All are welcome.
socialnetworking  censorship  internet 
2 days ago by kaarlows
YouTube -- Styxhexenhammer666: Twitter to Ban People Who "Spread Conspiracy Theories"
'Surely this won't harm the platform and be misapplied.' -- The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. ~ John Gilmore
internet  cognitivesurplus  journalism  minitrue  goodthink  censorship  discourse 
2 days ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Dave Cullen: Predictably Hilarious Backlash to Gab Dissenter
FAR-RIIIGHT! -- The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. ~ John Gilmore
internet  cognitivesurplus  journalism  minitrue  goodthink  censorship  discourse 
2 days ago by adamcrowe
Tumblr suffers 150 million drop in traffic after porn ban - PinkNews · PinkNews
Tumblr traffic has reportedly dropped by more than 150 million since the website banned porn. The social platform prohibited all “photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples” on the site from December 17.
Pocket  censorship  queer  tumblr 
3 days ago by j-l-r
Video of Christchurch attack runs on social media and news sites | World news | The Guardian
Traditional news outlets have taken starkly different positions. MailOnline’s version of the story features an autoplaying clip of 18 seconds of the suspect’s livestream, showing him leaving his car, weapon in hand, cutting it as he enters the front door of Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue. There was a version of the clip autoplaying on its homepage.

A recent change to YouTube’s search policy has helped keep the most graphic videos hidden: if the site recognises a particular search term, such as the alleged shooter’s name, as related to news, it explicitly boosts video from news organisations. Videos from sources including the Guardian, CBS News and ABC News were presented ahead of edited re-uploads of the attack itself
nz  christchurch  terrorism  propaganda  ethics  onlineVideo  ugc  sun  mail  mirror  fb  YouTube  censorship  s 
3 days ago by paulbradshaw
Bataclan victims castrated by ISIS killers and had their eyes gouged out | Daily Mail Online
A government committee has heard that policemen on the scene of the attacks last November vomited after witnessing victims of horrendous torture lying dead on the second floor of the Paris nightclub.
france  terrorism  censorship 
3 days ago by pankkake

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