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Social media politics turns sour: #DeleteGate

Political campaigning in the UK general election sunk to new depths as Conservative MPs were caught today deleting social media comments from their own residents.

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07/06/2017  |  Full story...

China’s government ‘faking 488m social media posts’ - Study

Chinese government employees are inserting millions of deceptive messages into the streams of real social networks, to divert citizens' attention from adverse or embarrassing news, according to new research.

24/05/2016  |  Full story...

New China web rules 'could block all domains outside country'

China is planning new rules which would require firms that serve domestic internet users to register their web addresses inside the country - a move which has raised concerns among foreign businesses.

31/03/2016  |  Full story...

UK porn filter shunned by Brits

Most Brits have opted-out of using their ISPs internet filter due to uncertainty around its effectiveness and concern about their internet access being restricted, while 49% have encountered a seemingly legitimate site being blocked, according to new research.

07/09/2015  |  Full story...

Big brands ‘appearing on sleazy website ads’

Many big brands ads from the likes of British Gas, Marks & Spencer, Cillit Bang and O2 are appearing on inappropriate websites, according to a news report this week.

16/04/2015  |  Full story...

Social media regulation trends: Facebook explains censorship rules

Facebook has updated its Community Standards page, explaining in detail what's acceptable to share on the social network, including clarifications on nudity, hate speech, bullying and harassment.

17/03/2015  |  Full story...

Facebook could be sued by France for censoring content

A Facebook user that was banned from the social network for posting an image of an explicit 19th century painting has been able to get his legal complaint handled in France- despite Facebook being a US company.

09/03/2015  |  Full story...

Sony premieres ‘The Interview' online after hacking controversy

Sony Pictures has expanded distribution of its controversial comedy film The Interview to include more theatres and video-on-demand platforms, after hackers threatened to attack cinemas screening the film.

02/01/2015  |  Full story...

Gmail slowly returns in China after ‘block'

Access to Google's email service Gmail is slowly getting back to normal after a reported block on the email service, according to reports.

02/01/2015  |  Full story...

Facebook dabbles in 'Dark Web' for anonymous browsing

A new way to access Facebook securely and anonymously via the "dark Web" could provide a model for other site, letting users browse the social network anonymously via Tor.

04/11/2014  |  Full story...

Google's 'forgotten' articles return as censorship row rumbles on

Google has responded to criticisms over their early implementation of the “right to be forgotten” ruling after various complaints.

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07/07/2014  |  Full story...

UK porn filters ‘wrongly blocking fifth of all internet’

Adult content filters implemented by the UK's major internet service providers are blocking one in five websites (19%), with critics claiming the technology is not fit for purpose.

03/07/2014  |  Full story...

Iraqis flock to FireChat app as web censorship rises

More than 40,000 Iraqis downloaded FireChat last weekend, as growing political turmoil and web censorship in the country has lead to users embracing a 'private internet' where they can message each other without fear of the government shutting down access to the web.

26/06/2014  |  Full story...

Google expands search encryption globally- starting with China

Google has started to encrypt searches made by people in China, as part of a wider attempt to inhibit government spying around the world.

17/03/2014  |  Full story...

Facebook reverses violent content policy after outcry over beheading video

Facebook has backtracked on its policy on violent and offensive content, after mounting pressure from politicians and the public over a video showing the beheading of a woman by a Mexican drug cartel on its site.

24/10/2013  |  Full story...

Facebook allows violent content… with warnings

Facebook is adding a new security feature to its website that it says will keep users from stumbling across violent or potentially offensive content on its website, following an outcry over the discovery of beheading videos on the site.

23/10/2013  |  Full story...

China lifts ban on Facebook and Twitter in ‘free trade zone’

China is to lift the ban on Facebook, Twitter and other sites in a new 'free trade zone’ part of the country, following years of censoring websites deemed politically sensitive to the government.

25/09/2013  |  Full story...

Will UK porn filter block other content too?

The UK Government’s controversial plans to impose an opt-out filter on internet porn could be extended to other content, according to reports.

29/07/2013  |  Full story...

Tumblr sparks controversy with porn tag bans

Tumblr has attracted criticism for banning certain tags on certain porn-related search terms.

29/07/2013  |  Full story...

North Korea gives foreign visitors access to mobile web

North Korea is to grant foreigners access to mobile internet service while in the country, but its citizens remain cut off from 3G signals. Starting next week, foreigners will be allowed to purchase monthly mobile Internet data plans for use with a USB modem or on mobile devices using their SIM cards. Prices for the service haven’t been announced yet.

25/02/2013  |  Full story...

Twitter's 6-second video app ‘Vine’ sparks controversy

Swapping 140 characters for six seconds, Twitter has launched ‘Vine’ a video sharing app that lets users post up brief videos- with some risque results.

30/01/2013  |  Full story...

China internet use hits 564m with 75% logging on from mobile

The number of people using the internet in China rose by 10% last year to 564m last year, with 75% of those having access via mobile devices, according to new figures. The data, from the China Internet Network Information Centre, found that the number of Chinese web users who logged onto the internet from mobile devices, including phones and tablets, rose by 18.1% to 420 million in 2012. The rise comes despite the introduction of tighter content rules by Communist leaders, and means that 42.1% of the total Chinese population has internet access during 2012.

16/01/2013  |  Full story...

Google removes censorship notice from Chinese search

Google has axed a censorship notice on its Chinese search engine, as the firm looks to build on its paltry 5% market share in the rapidly growing market. Launched 6 months ago, the censorship warning notified Chinese users that their searches are filtered by the nation's ‘Great Firewall’. For instance, when people tried to search for the term "freedom" from mainland China, they would get a pop-warning from Google that said, "We've observed that searching for [freedom] in mainland China may break your connection to Google for a short while. This interruption is outside of Google's control," and it would give the person the option to change the search term or search anyway.

07/01/2013  |  Full story...

Top Chinese browser Qihoo ditches Google for own brand search engine

China's most popular Web browser Qihoo has replaced Google with its own newly launched search engine as default choice. The firm said the move was prompted by a decline in Google's customer service declined since its exit from China in 2010. The new search engine, called so.360.cn, was launched last week. The service replaced Google as the default search engine on Qihoo 360's portal Hao.360.com, which will radically alter the existing structure of Chinese online search engine industry.

23/08/2012  |  Full story...

Chinese internet market - search engine Baidu toughens stance on corruption

In the Chinese internet market, the search engine Baidu dominates traffic generation to websites. This week it announced that four of its staff have been dismissed following corruption allegations that posts were deleted on its websites in exchange for personal payments. With three of the staff subsequently arrested by Chinese police, it shows the importance Baidu has achieved in the Chinese internet market.

09/08/2012  |  Full story...

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