Censorship

Social Media

Well, You Might Lose Your Instagram Account If You Post a Selfie With a Sex Toy

'Are You The One?' star Remy Duran appears to have lost his account for posing with a piece of plastic and his newly minted partner from the reality show.
Harron Walker
9.11.19
tech-power

Google and Mozilla Block Kazakhstan’s Browser Spying Tool

Browser makers announced they would block the Kazakhstan government’s root certificate, which was designed to spy on citizens’ internet usage.
Joseph Cox
8.21.19
News

Instagram Apologizes for Blocking Caribbean Carnival Content

The popular platform says a "mistake" was made by hiding posts made by festival-goers.
Sharine Taylor
7.30.19
Google

Tulsi Gabbard’s $50M Google Lawsuit Takes a Page from the Far-Right Playbook

It's perhaps the most direct punch thrown by a 2020 Democrat against Big Tech.
David Uberti
7.26.19
GOP

EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Are Pressuring Amazon to Sell Books on Gay Conversion Therapy

Amazon removed the books for violating its guidelines.
Daniel Newhauser
7.19.19
labor

Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet. Behind the Scenes, It Became a Toxic Mess

Google’s internet freedom moonshot has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects. But current and former employees, leaked documents, and internal messages reveal a grim reality.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.2.19
china

Hong Kong's Youth Won't Let China Erase the Memory of Tiananmen

“I first came because I felt that the June 4 incident was tragic. But now I think that June 4 has more and more to do with Hong Kong’s political situation, or the things we’re fighting against.”
Laurel Chor
6.4.19
Social Media

Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp Banned Again in Sri Lanka After Violence Against Muslims

It’s part of a worrisome trend of governments blocking citizens' internet access
Tim Marcin
5.13.19
Twitter

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey Attended Closed-Door Meeting With President Trump

The meeting lasted 30 minutes, and touched on "the health of the public conversation on Twitter," according to an internal Twitter email obtained by Motherboard.
Joseph Cox
Jason Koebler
4.23.19
Censorship

Canadian Internet Filtering Company Says It's Stopped 'Alternative Lifestyles' Censorship

The UAE was found to be blocking LGBTQ content using a pre-set category in Netsweeper's software. Amid pressure from rights groups, the company says it's disabled that category.
Jordan Pearson
1.21.19
Saudi Arabia

Netflix caved to the Saudis and pulled Hasan Minhaj episode that criticized the government

The episode allegedly violated the kingdom’s local anti-cybercrime law
Emma Ockerman
1.2.19
tech

Google CEO Says No Plan to ‘Launch’ Censored Search Engine in China

In a hearing with the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai kept saying the company has no plans right now to launch a search product in China. But that response leaves plenty of room to launch when it does want to.
Joseph Cox
12.11.18
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