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Google is Refining Its Anti-Boob Algorithm After a Woman Flashed Google Maps

A remote road in Pingtung County, Taiwan has suddenly become a highly-rated attraction on Google Maps for the thirstiest denizens of the internet thanks to a video uploaded by a tourist that shows her bare breast. Read More >>

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Papua New Guinea to Block Facebook For a Month, Might Launch State-Run Alternative

Papua New Guinea, a nation of over 8 million, has announced that it will shut down Facebook for a month. The PNG government says that the shutdown will give it time to assess the spread of objectionable content on the site like porn and fake news. The government also said that it’s exploring the creation of its own social media site to replace Facebook. Read More >>

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Apple Begins Removing CallKit Apps From Chinese App Store, Citing New Cybersecurity Laws

Apple has begun removing applications that use the CallKit framework from the Chinese version of its App Store after the nation’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology moved to more strictly enforce recent cybersecurity regulations, per a report in 9to5Mac. Read More >>

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Facebook, Twitter, and Google Would Like to Be the Gatekeepers of Democracy Without the Responsibility

Top brass from Facebook, Twitter, and Google stopped by Stanford Law School last week to participate in a conversation about the challenges social media companies face in regulating free speech and protecting democracies. The panel showed the companies are much better at identifying problems than actually solving them. Read More >>

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China Bans Peppa Pig Videos on Social Media For Being Associated with Gangster Culture

Few people would think of cartoon character Peppa Pig as a subversive icon. But don’t tell that to the Chinese government. China has started to ban Peppa Pig from social media for being too “gangster,” deleting over 30,000 videos of the cartoon pig on one platform alone. Read More >>

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A Recent Update from Google Could Severely Hamper Anti-Censorship Tools

A recent change to Google’s App Engine will discontinue a practice called domain-fronting, an essential technique used by dozens of internet freedom tools designed to allow users to work around state-level internet censorship. Read More >>

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China Just Banned Online Sales of the Bible 

The Chinese government has banned all online sales of the Christian Bible, the New York Times reported Thursday. Read More >>

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China’s Social Media Users Call Kim Jong Un ‘Fatty on the Train’ and ‘Obese Patient’ to Bypass Censors

Did North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un visit Beijing in his first official state visit outside of the country on Monday? Speculation was running wild on Chinese social media, but we still don’t know for sure. One thing we do know for sure: People in China get creative when they’re trying to bypass the country’s internet censors. Read More >>

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Turkey Blocks Encrypted Email Service ProtonMail

The Turkish government is reportedly blocking the use of ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email service. Read More >>

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Iran’s iPhone Users Blocked From App Store

Iranians have been banned from downloading apps from the App Store, Gizmodo has confirmed. Read More >>

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The Government’s Big Dumb Plan to Keep Minors Away From Internet Porn is Being Delayed

The government, which is currently alternating between panicking over Brexit and not preparing for Brexit, originally planned to have to have its very prim and respectable new system for preventing people under the age of 18 from looking at naked people on the internet operating by April 2018. But per the Telegraph, the Conservative Party-supported scheme to verify the age of anyone who wants to watch porn in the country has been delayed after regulators failed to develop a plan for implementing it. Read More >>

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Sri Lanka Blocked Facebook This Week for Allegedly Spreading Hate Speech and Violence

The government of Sri Lanka ordered internet and mobile service providers to temporarily block Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as separate messaging service Viber, this week as part of a crackdown on what officials said was rampant online hate speech fuelling real-life violence. Read More >>

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After China Got Mad, Marriott Fired a Social Media Manager for Liking a Tweet About Tibet

After the passage of China’s new cybersecurity laws, watching out for international consequences might be par for the course for brands that do business there. Per a report in the Wall Street Journal, hospitality chain Marriott International Inc. fired 49-year-old Roy Jones, who was making just $14 (£10) an hour, after he liked a tweet praising the chain for listing Tibet “as a country, rather than part of China, in an online survey.” Read More >>

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Apple Moves Chinese iCloud Encryption Keys to China, Worrying Privacy Advocates

Apple has moved encryption keys for mainland Chinese iCloud users to China, potentially enabling much easier access to data for the nation’s heavy-handed authorities and worrying privacy advocates. Read More >>

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Instagram Bows to Russian Censor’s Pressure, Will YouTube Be Next?

With fears of government crackdowns looming from every corner of the globe, tech giants have to decide who they’re willing to piss off. Following a demand from Russia’s internet censor, Instagram has removed videos relating to bribery allegations made by the country’s most prominent activist. So far, YouTube hasn’t complied with the same request. Read More >>