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IT Rules Flout Intl Human Rights Norms, Says UN Experts; 'Misplaced Concern,' Says India

June 20, 2021

Special Rapporteurs from the United Nations have written to India noting that the government’s new IT Rules go against international human rights norms in their current form. India’s response contends that such concerns are “misplaced” and that the country’s democratic structure remains unaffected...

Twitter censored tweets critical of India’s handling of the pandemic at its government’s request

April 24, 2021

Twitter has removed more than 50 tweets critical of the Indian government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and did so at the request of the Indian government. First reported by Indian news site MediaNama, the Indian government sent Twitter an emergency order on Friday to censor 52 tweets...

Israeli Supreme Court green lights Israel's 'Cyber Unit' that works with social media giants to censor user content

April 12, 2021

Court authorizes Cyber Unit to continue operating in the shadows, conducting quasi-judicial censorship without allowing social media users to defend their rights or even to know that the state has been involved in removing their online content. Read more.

Twitter’s Modi Operandi

February 24, 2021

India is not only the world’s largest democracy, it also accounts for the largest number of internet shutdowns and take down requests to social media companies globally.  The recent stand-off between Twitter and the Indian government over suspending more than a thousand accounts supportive of...

Indonesia’s Proposed Online Intermediary Regulation May be the Most Repressive Yet

February 16, 2021

Indonesia is the latest government to propose a legal framework to coerce social media platforms, apps, and other online service providers to accept local jurisdiction over their content and users’ data policies and practices. And in many ways, its proposal is the most invasive of human rights. Read...