May 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher
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]
May 7, 2014
by Neil Devlin
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]
May 7, 2014
by G. Redd
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]
May 7, 2014
by Michael Roberts
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]
May 7, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
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]
April 3, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
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]
March 29, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
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]
March 26, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An administrative court in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, issued a temporary injunction Wednesday ordering the country's telecommunication authority (TIB) to lift its ban on the use of the social media website Twitter. The ban on Twitter was imposed last week under orders from Prime Minister ...[read more]
March 21, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempted to block Twitter on Friday but users quickly found ways to circumvent the ban. The ban came after audio recordings of a voice, resembling Erdogan's, instructed his son to dispose of large amounts of money during a police search were leaked via ...[read more]
October 3, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The UK spy agency GCHQ is facing a legal challenge in the European Human Rights Court (ECHR) to its online surveillance programs. Claims filed in the ECHR on Thursday allege that the massive programs, which are able to read the content of e-mails and social media messages, have breached the ...[read more]

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