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Trump social media ‘censorship’ claim is fake but widely believed

There is little evidence to back up Donald Trump's persistent claim that social media firms "silence" or "censor" conservatives, but the notion has nonetheless gathered widespread acceptance among his considerable following. The US president returned to the topic on Friday with a tweet saying: "Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people... People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!" The comments marked the second time in a week Trump has attacked tech platforms over alleged…

Trump alleges social media ‘censorship’ of conservatives

WASHINGTON: US Pre­si­­­dent Donald Trump on Saturday accused social media platforms of “totally discriminating” against users with right-wing views while dubbing mainstream news outlets CNN and MSNBC “sick.” The president’s comments come after several top social media platforms including Facebook and Spotify curbed or banned accounts of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,” Trump said in a series of morning tweets. “Speaking loudly…

Google Translate app now unblocked in China

SHANGHAI: Google on Wednesday made available in China a new version of its translation app that is accessible without censor-evading software, a move likely to fuel speculation that the internet giant was mending fences with Beijing. Google shut down its www.google.cn website in 2010, moving its Chinese search service from mainland China to Hong Kong in a row over cyber attacks and censorship, and most of its offerings have remained blocked by Beijing. Chinese have for years been able to utilise a web-based version of…

Indian editors blast Modi govt over censorship on media

NEW DELHI: Editors accused India’s government on Friday of imposing censorship reminiscent of the country’s 1970s emergency after it ordered a TV network off the air over its reporting of an attack on an airbase by militants. NDTV India has been instructed to cease broadcasts for 24 hours next week after a government panel decreed it had revealed “strategically sensitive details” while covering January’s deadly attack on the Pathankot airbase. A spokesman for the information ministry said the channel would have to go…

China demands live-streaming censorship: state media

BEIJING: China will demand that live-streaming platforms "censor content before releasing it", state media said on Friday, as authorities seek to tighten control over the fast-growing sector. Rules released by the country's internet regulator the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) will ban streams which "undermine national security, destabilise society", the official Xinhua news agency reported. Online streaming has grown rapidly in China and the sector is worth an estimated $1.4 billion, often involving young…