A Bahrain appellate court on Sunday confirmed five-year prison sentences for nine Shiites convicted of violating protest laws. The nine Shiites were accused of violating protest laws after they orchestrated an effort calling for the overthrow of the Sunni Monarchy. The activists allegedly used ...[read more]
Germany passed a bill banning on all images and activities in support of the Islamic State (IS) Friday, effectively outlawing support for the group. The ban takes immediate effect and covers the recruitment of jihadist fighters, the use of IS symbols and social media propaganda. Interior Minister ...[read more]
The Zimbabwean government stated this week that it is in the process of developing new cyber laws to regulate social media. Caecilia Nyamutswa, legal director of the regulatory organization Potraz, communicated to an information and communication technology (ICT) committee that the bills are ...[read more]
Thailand's military released several statements on Sunday in an effort to smother dissent following the military overthrow of the government last Thursday. Deputy army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said in a televised statement :
We would like to ask all people to avoid gathering to stage protests ...[read more]
Given social media's power as a tool for organizing against unpopular governments, many nations have made efforts to ban access to social media sites. The purported rationale for these government bans range from desires to quell publication and circulation of political opposition to religious ...[read more]
Bursting on the heels of the mobile technology revolution, social media later recaptured international attention for its abilities to disseminate information more quickly and directly than traditional news outlets during critical moments in popular upheaval. With smart technology readily ...[read more]
The rise of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter has allowed users worldwide to share original content with others instantaneously. While often criticized as celebrations of the mundane, a major function of social media services is to serve as forums for public discussion. By ...[read more]
05/31/2010: Pakistan court lifted Facebook ban.
06/06/2010: Bangladesh government lifted Facebook ban after removal of Muhammad caricatures.
02/08/2011: Syria lifted ban on social media sites Facebook, YouTube.
07/05/2012: UN Human Rights Council passed resolution to protect Internet ...[read more]
A Turkish official said Thursday that the government has lifted a ban on Twitter following a Constitutional Court ruling Wednesday. The court stated that the ban violated both individual rights as well as the freedom of expression. This decision came a week after an Istanbul court ruled against ...[read more]
An Istanbul court on Friday ruled against Turkey's ban on Twitter, overturning an order that the social media website shut down an account accusing the government of corruption. Access to Twitter was suspended in Turkey last week by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the website's failure to ...[read more]