Tag: Censorship

Whistle-Blower’s Name Keeps Evading Facebook and YouTube Defenses

SAN FRANCISCO — A week ago, YouTube and Facebook said they would block people from identifying the government official thought to be the whistle-blower who set in motion an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. It hasn’t worked out so well. A name believed by some to be the whistle-blower has been shared thousands of times […]

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Understanding The Northwestern Student Paper Apology And The Ensuing Backlash

Over the weekend, Northwestern University’s student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, issued an editorial apologizing for “mistakes” they had made while covering a student protest of former attorney general Jeff Sessions’ visit to the campus last week. The offending act consisted of photographing students involved in the protest and then attempting to reach out to the […]

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The Unlikely Birth of Free Speech

For all the horrors that marked 1919 in America — the race riots, the terrorist attacks, the labor unrest — there was one unquestionably positive development. On Nov. 10, a hundred years ago Sunday, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes issued a remarkable opinion that gave birth to our modern understanding of free speech. It […]

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Why Spy on Twitter? For Saudi Arabia, It’s the Town Square

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In Saudi Arabia, where a relatively closed culture leaves citizens few public forums to discuss news and politics, Twitter has become a kind of town square, the place where citizens meet to swap information and debate the latest issues. Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy has not banned the site, but it has taken […]

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Apple Services in China Hit a Roadblock with Government Blocking Apple TV+, Other Services

It is no secret that Apple is earning a good chunk of revenue from its services. However, iPhone users in China seem to be missing out on almost all new Apple Services. At this point in time, Apple users from China cannot access Apple TV+, News subscription and also Arcade gaming. Until now Apple never […]

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China’s TikTok Blazes New Ground. That Could Doom It.

Still, TikTok’s popularity — if you’re the parent of a teenager, that teenager probably has it on her phone — blazes uncharted territory. Its unexpected rise is forcing Americans for the first time to consider living in a world influenced by a Chinese-backed social media network. That invites the public to take a closer look […]

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Teens Love TikTok. Silicon Valley Is Trying to Stage an Intervention.

SAN FRANCISCO — Teenagers are gaga for TikTok. That’s why Silicon Valley is so worried about it. TikTok, which is run by a seven-year-old company in Beijing called ByteDance, allows people to create short, snappy videos and share them around the world. That simple concept has fueled its rise to quickly become one of the […]

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The Real Reason Facebook Won’t Fact-Check Political Ads

When Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, announced on Wednesday that Twitter would no longer host political advertisements, he scored points with those who lament the ways social media platforms have polluted political culture. At Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg responded by reaffirming that his company would continue to distribute political ads without fact-checking them. “In a democracy, […]

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Professors, Beware. A ‘Student Information Officer’ Might Be Watching.

CHENGDU, China — With a neon-red backpack and white Adidas shoes, he looks like any other undergraduate on the campus of Sichuan University in southwestern China. But Peng Wei, a 21-year-old chemistry major, has a special mission: He is both student and spy. Mr. Peng is one of a growing number of “student information officers” […]

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Netflix Expands Into a World Full of Censors

ISTANBUL — In September, Netflix released a trailer for the “Breaking Bad” sequel “El Camino.” In it, a character sits in a car, lights a cigarette and holds it out the window, its orange tip glowing. The next day, Netflix Turkey released its own version. In it, the character sparks a lighter and puts his […]

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Instagram Rejects a PrEP Awareness Campaign; Claims It Contains ‘Politics’

In a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg defended his decision to allow political ads on his platform, even those that contain lies and other misinformation. “I just think that in a democracy people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying, and I think […]

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The Chinese Threat to American Speech

China’s assertive campaign to police discourse about its policies, even outside of its borders, and the acquiescence of American companies eager to make money in China, pose a dangerous and growing threat to one of this nation’s core values: the freedom of expression. The Communist state is becoming more and more aggressive in pressuring foreign […]

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Zuckerberg, Inflaming Debate, Asserts Facebook Stands for Free Expression

WASHINGTON — Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday gave a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression, aiming to put the social network above politics as impeachment proceedings over President Trump and the 2020 presidential election have increasingly made his company a target. In a winding, 35-minute speech at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall — […]

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Australian Booksellers Block Sales of Ronan Farrow’s Book

SYDNEY, Australia — Two of Australia’s biggest online booksellers have suspended sales of Ronan Farrow’s new book after one of the men who is prominent in it threatened legal action. The book, “Catch and Kill,” which details Farrow’s investigation of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, was unavailable on Booktopia, a major Australian online book retailer, […]

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Cell Service Returns to Kashmir, Allowing First Calls in Months

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — When the cellphone started to ring, after 71 days of silence, the crowd erupted into a loud cheer. After imposing a complete communications blackout two months ago, the Indian government on Monday partially restored cellphone service in the Kashmir Valley, home to about eight million people. The region’s cell service had been […]

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American Basketball vs. Chinese Hardball. Guess Who Won.

BEIJING — Back in the Cold War, the sclerotic Soviet system proved no match for the lure of American soft power: bluejeans, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, Coca-Cola, Hollywood. All became symbols of American freedom and prosperity that no amount of communist prohibitions could stop. Today, China poses a far more formidable yet lucrative challenge for […]

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Blizzard Doubles Down, Says It Will Continue to Silence Players on ‘Official Channels’

After days of internal and external protests, pressure from U.S. senators, players, and human rights organizations, Blizzard has finally addressed why it suspended and revoked prize money from a Hearthstone player who expressed support for Hong Kong protesters last weekend. The statement, attributed to Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack, says that it will return […]

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China’s Political Correctness: One Country, No Arguments

Hong Kong’s protests have disrupted Yang Yang’s family life. Though the 29-year-old lives in mainland China, he was inspired by the demonstrations to write a song about freedom and upload it to the internet. When censors deleted it, he complained to his family. They weren’t sympathetic. “How can you support Hong Kong separatists?” they asked. […]

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What Will Happen If a GM Employee Criticizes China?

The issue of China’s totalitarian government intimidating American businesses into silence over protests in Hong Kong and human rights violations in China has come to the fore, with three nearly simultaneous incidents. The National Basketball Association didn’t quite censure the Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey for tweeting “fight for Freedom” and “stand with Hong […]

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China’s N.B.A. Fans Feel the Tug of Loyalty — Toward Beijing

SHANGHAI — The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets tipped off on Thursday night in Shanghai in, undoubtedly, the most geopolitically important exhibition game in N.B.A. history. Yezi Zhang, a college student, was there, too, and her emotions were decidedly mixed. Ms. Zhang, a 24-year-old from the city of Hangzhou, was among a few […]

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