Latest censorship publications

Lantern, US-backed censorship circumvention tool records growth

As Lantern uses a peer-to-peer approach, even if more restrictions are introduced by the Russian government, the app will still be able to function and thrive. Before the recent increase in usage from Russia, individuals in China were the large market in terms of traffic.

How social media is adapting to new censorship 

The world’s largest social media platforms are bigger than ever. With Facebook having close to three billion monthly active users, it dominates the social media landscape, leaving Twitter, Instagram and TikTok following behind. But as these websites and apps continue to add more users, moderating content and ensuring that these platforms are safe for all becomes increasingly harder.

Twitter adds ‘hellban’ to anti-abuse measures

Twitter has announced today that it is rolling out a raft of additional measures to counteract abuse of the platform – including a feature whereby the missives of identified abusers would only be visible for a time to themselves and those following them. In YCombinator’s Hacker News community, this is similar to a ‘hellban’ –… Read More

China imposes internet news reporting ban on major online companies

The Cyberspace Administration of China has ordered major companies to stop reporting news due to the ‘huge negative effects’ of the companies’ original news reports. According to Beijing News (Chinese), online outlets from Tencent Holdings, Sohu.com Inc, Sina Corp and NetEase Inc. are included in the crackdown. News of the restrictions are attributed to an… Read More

China proposes foreign domain name censorship

A new draft law in China could potentially increase domain name restrictions, limiting domestic access to foreign websites. The measures outlined in the ‘Internet Domain Name Management Rules’ (Chinese) remain unclear, yet suggest a marked effort to increase censorship on online content. The proposals, released for public comment last week by the Ministry of Industry… Read More