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Online ‘Freedom’ Plunges For 6th Straight Year As Social Media Censorship Grows

“Popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been subject to growing censorship for several years, but governments are now increasingly going after messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram,” said Sanja Kelly, director of the study.

 

Messaging apps have become increasingly popular tools for activists, and many of them can offer encrypted communications which make it more difficult for the users to be monitored, the report noted.

 

“The key reason for the block of these apps is preventing users from disseminating news during periods of unrest,” Kelly said.

 

The report said 34 of the 65 countries assessed in the report have seen internet freedom deteriorate since June 2015. – READ MORE