Freedom on the Net 2016 – Silencing the Messenger: Communication Apps under Pressure

by Sanja Kelly, Mai Truong, Adrian Shahbaz et al.
Freedom House, 2017

1025 pp. 12.6 MB

Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps as a means of halting the rapid dissemination of information, particularly during anti-government protests. 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.

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