Countries Crack Down on Speech Online, Says Report - News Summed Up

Countries Crack Down on Speech Online, Says Report


Around the world, Internet freedom is deteriorating, with some governments taking down their mobile Internet service, restricting live video streaming and employing a digital army of pro-government commentators. China remained the world’s worst abuser of Internet freedom, followed by Syria and Ethiopia, the report said. “It really signals the government is willing to take it to the next level.”Some other key findings of the report:• Online manipulation tactics played a role in elections in 18 countries. • Governments in 30 countries promoted distorted online information, up from 23 the previous year, employing tools such as paid commentators and false news sites. • In 30 countries, there have been physical reprisals for online speech, up from 20 countries in the prior year.


Source: Ethiopian News November 14, 2017 09:11 UTC


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