China probes social media platforms for 'obscenity'

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:52 PM

WeChat the Twitter like Weibo as well as the Tieba discussion forum are being investigated according to an announcement from the Cyberspace Administration of China on Friday August 11

In China, writers earn money posting stories on apps

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:26 PM

One popular Chinese writer on WeChat Mi Meng earns as much as 500 000 yuan P3 8M for ad postings on her account Another Qiao Mu receives around 1 000 yuan P7 500 in app enabled tips for each short essay

China orders tech firms to ramp up censorship

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Cyberspace Administration of China says it held a meeting this week with representatives from domestic tech giants Baidu Sohu Tencent Netease and Phoenix to inform them of multiple violations in content published on their platforms

China bans online videos showing homosexuality, affairs

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:29 PM

Violent and pornographic content as well as those depicting extramarital affairs prostitution drug addiction or superstitious behaviour such as conjuring spirits are also banned

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May 26, 2017 - 10:23 PM

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AFP to 'exercise right to censure' under martial law

May 26, 2017 - 2:47 PM

[Kapag] alam ninyo na ito y nakakasama at hindi nakakatulong ‘wag nyo na ho i post Baka minsan na lang kakatukin na lang kayo ng pulis at aarestuhin kayo says AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

MARTIAL LAW. Brigadier General Restituto Padilla speaks to the media in Davao City. Beside him is Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Leaked Facebook files: Crucial numbers to know

May 23, 2017 - 8:14 PM

These figures show you the enormity of the task that the house that Zuckerberg built now faces

CENTER OF ATTENTION. Mark Zuckerberg and his company face new pressure to implement more effective changes immediately or else, inch closer to external regulation.

Uncovered moderation guidelines show Facebook in quagmire

May 22, 2017 - 2:43 PM

The Guardian shows the complexity Facebook faces in moderating sensitive content

IN VIEW. Uncovered Facebook moderation guidelines show how the social network processes flagged or reported content. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Myanmar's army sues journalists for satirical article

May 17, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The article takes aim at senior leaders for sitting around holding peace talks and drinking wine while low rank soldiers are being killed

'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown uncut in Malaysia

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The film will be released in Malaysia on the 30th March rated PG13 with no cuts a spokeswoman for Disney in Southeast Asia says

HALT. In this file photo, Malaysian ticket-seller sits behind a notice displayed regarding the release of the film 'Beauty and the Beast' at a Golden Screen Cinemas theatre in Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2017. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Disney scraps Malaysia 'Beauty and the Beast' release over censorship

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:27 AM

Disney says the film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia effectively shelving plans to release it in the Southeast Asian country

Disney shelves 'Beauty and the Beast' in Malaysia after cuts

Mar 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Censors in the Muslim majority nation reportedly cut out a gay moment in the movie

LEFOU. director Bill Condon says that there will be an 'exclusively gay moment' involving Josh Gad's character LeFou in the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' live-action remake. The photo above shows Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou in the movie. Photo courtesy of Disney

China cracks down on bids to bypass online censorship

Jan 23, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The announcement comes days after President Xi Jinping extolled globalization and denounced protectionism in a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos where he insisted that China was committed to opening up

Facebook suspends anti-Marcos journalist's account

Nov 28, 2016 - 8:43 PM

UPDATED As of 11:46 pm on November 28 Inday Varona says her Facebook account was resurrected and thanked the people who helped restore her account

SUSPENDED. Image of Inday Espina-Varona from Twitter.

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China – report

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The tool is part of the social network s attempt to reenter China where it has been banned since 2009

Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016. Facebook on Monday became the latest US tech giant to announce new investment in Britain with hundreds of extra jobs but hinted its success depended on skilled migration after Britain leaves the European Union. The premier social network underlined London's status as a global technology hub at a British company bosses' summit where Prime Minister Theresa May sought to allay business concerns about Brexit. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS

Facebook to allow more graphic news

Oct 22, 2016 - 9:40 AM

The social network says it will begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy even if these violate site standards

The "Facebook"-logo is pictured on the sidelines of a press preview of the so-called "Facebook Innovation Hub" in Berlin on February 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Vietnam media told: No story about Duterte drug war before visit

Oct 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Vietnamese journalists are reportedly told by their country s government officials to help ensure a good atmosphere for Duterte s visit

'GOOD ATMOSPHERE.' President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Vietnamese officials beside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the State Palace in Hanoi on September 29, 2016. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

A United Nations report says a total of 30 journalists were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016

United Nations soldiers secure a partially-crumbled perimeter wall following twin car bombings outside the UN's office in Mogadishu on July 26, 2016.  At least 13 people were killed on July 26 in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

Facebook makes changes to avoid political bias

May 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM

These changes include clearer guidelines refresher training and more oversight

epa05130276 (FILE) A file picture dated 04 April 2013, shows Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pausing during an event at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. Smartphone advertising fueled record earnings on 27 January 2016 for Facebook, as the company reported more than 1 billion US dollar in quarterly income for the first time - more than double the year before. Facebook netted 1.56 billion US dollar for 2015's fourth quarter, up 125 percent from 701 million for the same period in 2014. Revenues rose 52 percent year-on-year to 5.84 billion US dollar. The world's largest internet social network reported 3.69 billion US dollar in net income for the full year, up from 2.94 billion for 2014. Advertising accounts for nearly all of Facebook's revenue, and 80 percent of ad revenue came from adverts on Facebook's mobile sites. As of the end of 2015, Facebook had 1.59 billion active users worldwide, the company said, an increase of 40 million over the previous quarter. More than nine out of 10 users accessed Facebook via smartphones and tablets. Facebook has recently made changes to the way ads appear - between posts on user feeds, rather than to the side - to a noticeable spike in sales. EPA/PETER DaSILVA

Zuckerberg to meet with conservatives on bias claims

May 16, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Political commentator Glenn Beck and talk show host Dana Perino are among those invited to the meeting with Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg

epa04460916 A handout picture made available by Tsinghua University on 24 October 2014 shows Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, 22 October 2014. EPA/TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY / HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Facebook denies anti-conservative bias, censorship

May 11, 2016 - 9:40 PM

We take these reports extremely seriously and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true says Facebook executive Tom Stocky

epa04901364 (FILE) A file picture dated 28 November 2013 shows a man using the social networking site Facebook on his phone at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. More than one billion people logged into the social media network Facebook in one day, marking a new record for the company, said Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on 27 August 2015. The 31-year-old entrepreneur said the milestone was the 'beginning of connecting the whole world,' according to a message on his Facebook site. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

Philippines inches up in World Press Freedom Index

Apr 20, 2016 - 1:33 PM

The Philippines jumps to rank 138 from its 2015 rank of 141 in the survey but its score declined Reporters Without Borders says

Official news agency neglected after EDSA 1

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:17 AM

A lot of people who worked under the Marcos regime were unceremoniously branded as undesirable and cast aside by the conquering heroes and heroines

DIVIDED. EDSA I is remembered for uniting the nation, but the aftermath shows divisions borne out of the distrust at the institutions and people from the Marcos regime. Image courtesy of Mara Mercado

Russia's Internet censorship grew nine-fold in 2015 – rights group

Feb 16, 2016 - 10:58 PM

The group Agora finds incidents of Internet censorship increased from 1 019 in 2014 to 9 022 in 2015

Netflix is latest victim: 5 things censored in Indonesia

Jan 27, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Indonesia has had a tumultuous relationship with internet censorship Here s a look at 5 other companies censored by Indonesia

Taiwan's new leader disappears from Chinese social network

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Searches for Tsai Ing wen and Taiwan elections on the Twitter like Weibo network turn up this message: According to relevant laws regulations and policies the results for this search cannot be shown

NEW PRESIDENT. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (C) celebrates her victory in Taipei on January 15, 2016.

Journalist facing expulsion a 'flagrant champion' of terrorism – China

Dec 26, 2015 - 3:23 PM

China says French journalist Ursula Gauthier flagrantly championed acts of terrorism and acts of cruelly killing innocents triggering the Chinese people’s outrage

EXPULSION. China says flagrantly Ursula Gauthier's piece 'championed acts of terrorism and acts of cruelly killing innocents, triggering the Chinese people’s outrage.' File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

Cries of 'inquisition' as Vatican puts journalists in dock over leaks

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Two journalists and three Vatican officials go on trial over the publication of classified documents in a case critics have attacked as having a whiff of the inquisition

ON TRIAL. Italian journalists and writers Gianluigi Nuzzi (R) and Emiliano Fittipaldi (L) leave after the first day of Vatileaks 2 trial in Vatican, 24 November 2015. Photo by Massimo Percossi / EPA

Bangladesh bans Facebook, chat apps for security reasons

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Bangladesh authorities insist an almost week long ban on Facebook and mobile messaging services would remain until security in the tense country improved

PROTEST. Bengali activists from the Pakistan Muslim Alliance (PMA) carry a banner during a protest against the Bangladesh government over the execution of Bangladeshi Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, in Karachi on November 22, 2015. Photo bt Rizwan Tabassum / AFP

Thai junta plans new military unit to curb online dissent

Oct 20, 2015 - 8:23 PM

This comes as the regime expresses mounting concerns over perceived royal defamation with prosecutions skyrocketing since the May 2014 military takeover

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the ASEM summit in Milan, Italy, 16 October 2014. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Junta mulls 'Great Firewall' for Thailand

Sep 28, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Tens of thousands of people sign a petition against a proposal which has been dubbed the Great Firewall of Thailand – a play on China s draconian internet censorship program – by commentators analysts and netizens

Bangladesh arrests Briton over blogger murders

Aug 18, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Bangladesh s elite security force arrests three suspected Islamist militants including a British citizen who police say was the main planner of the murder of two prominent atheist bloggers

ARREST. Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel accompany suspect and Bangladesh-origin British citizen, Touhidur Rahman, who has been arrested with two other suspects for the murder of two prominent atheist bloggers, during a media photocall in Dhaka on August 18, 2015. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

Bangladesh police chief's blogger warning sparks uproar

Aug 10, 2015 - 9:57 PM

Secular activists express outrage after Bangladesh s national police chief warned bloggers they faced jail for posting material deemed offensive following last week s machete murder of a secular writer

‘CROSS THE LIMIT.’ The body of murdered Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Chakrabarti, who used the pen-name Niloy Neel, is moved from his home in Dhaka on August 7, 2015. Photo by AFP

China's new cybersecurity law sparks censorship concerns

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:56 AM

The proposed legislation will ensure network security and safeguard the sovereignty of cyberspace and national security according to the draft law

Ex pro-Putin Internet troll seeks to expose Kremlin 'propaganda factory'

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:11 AM

A Russian freelance journalist who claims she went undercover as a pro government Internet troll says she is suing her former employer in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin s online army

TROLL. A file picture taken on March 31, 2015, shows Lyudmila Savchuk working on her laptop during an interview in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva / AFP

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

May 28, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Last week Thaksin made rare comments to overseas media as the Thai military marked a year in power although it was not immediately clear which interview he faces censure for

TARGETED? In this file photo, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra waves to his supporters during his visit for Buddhist rite ceremony at Pha That Luang Stupa in Vientiane, Laos, 12 April 2012. Stringer/EPA

Burundi protesters defy calls to end anti-government demos

May 19, 2015 - 9:02 PM

UPDATED Protesters opposed to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza call for him to step down defying warnings to end weeks of demonstrations as security forces fired shots to restore order after a failed coup

DEFIANCE. Protestors raise their hands behind a barricade during a demonstration in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 18, 2015. Photo by Carl de Souza / AFP

Turkey blocks social media over images of slain prosecutor

Apr 06, 2015 - 8:54 PM

UPDATED A total of 166 websites including Internet giants Twitter Facebook and Youtube are blocked; Access to Twitter and Facebook is later restored after the images are removed

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Apr 03, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Thai PM Prayut Chan O Cha orders the media to toe the regime s line or face consequences

THAI MEDIA. This picture taken in 2014 shows microphones of reporters working for TV stations sitting on a table ahead of a press conference by an Army spokesman following talks between Thai Army leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha and representatives of warring political rivals at the Army club in Bangkok. When Thailand's generals declared martial law to suppress months of political bloodshed one of the first casualties was freedom of information with a swift crackdown on any murmurs of dissent on television and social media. AFP PHOTO/Manan VATSYAYANA

Media Revolution 2015: Are we Charlie?

Feb 11, 2015 - 1:41 PM

The forum sheds light on a number of issues the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has raised including questions on press freedom censorship and the conflict between ethics and free speech

Niger bans Charlie Hebdo over Mohammed cartoon

Jan 16, 2015 - 6:21 PM

Niger bans distribution of Charlie Hebdo in the mainly Muslim country with the government vehemently condemning the cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in the latest issue of the French satirical weekly

Charlie Hebdo's next cover. Image courtesy Charlie Hebdo / Liberation

#JeSuisCharlie? Media debates self-censorship of cartoons

Jan 08, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Should news organizations self censor the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad or use the images in the name of free speech?

CROPPED, BLURRED. CNN crops and blurs a photo of slain Charlie Hebdo editor and publisher Stéphane Charbonnier holding an issue of the magazine. Screengrab from Variety

'Empress of China' cleavage censorship 'lacks authority' – state media

Jan 07, 2015 - 12:50 PM

Chinese censors should pay more attention to public opinion a state run newspaper argues after an online backlash over the removal of all cleavage from a TV show about China s only female emperor

TOO MUCH CLEAVAGE? Fan Bingbing as Wu Zetian in the TV show 'The Empress of China.' Image via Sina Weibo

Chinese paper blames Google over Gmail blocking

Dec 30, 2014 - 1:40 PM

The Global Times: China welcomes the company to do business on the prerequisite that it obeys Chinese law; however Google values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law resulting in conflict

GOOGLE VS CHINA? A file picture dated 30 July 2010 shows a Chinese women walking past Google's logo in front of the US company's headquarters in Beijing, China, 30 July 2010. According to media reports on 03 June 2014, some Google services have been blocked or disrupted in China, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. File Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

China blocks access to Google e-mail service

Dec 29, 2014 - 7:53 PM

UPDATED The United States while careful not to accuse Beijing directly says it is aware of reports that Gmail s blockage and that it was concerned by efforts in China to undermine freedom of expression

Morocco bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Morocco bans cinemas from showing the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened

BANNED. The official movie posters for Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale

Iran censors 'offensive' Instagram pictures – media

Dec 25, 2014 - 10:14 PM

The filtering of pages with immoral content began yesterday Wednesday December 24 evening on Instagram says government daily Iran

Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin's top critic

Dec 21, 2014 - 6:41 PM

Russian authorities convince Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of opposition politician Alexei Navalny drawing ire from Internet users

PUTIN'S FOE. Anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny dismisses charges like stealing and laundering against him as a Kremlin attempt to punish him for daring to oppose Putin. File photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Iran minister says all web surfers to be 'identified'

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Telecoms Minister Mahmoud Vaezi: Because of our efforts in future when people want to use the Internet they will be identified and there will be no web surfer whose identity we do not know

China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown – lawyer

Nov 28, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Guo Feixong and Sun Desheng both face possible 5 year prison sentences for their attempts to raise awareness of press freedom and human rights