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Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of Speech’

Vietnam Threatens Fines And Jail For Tweeting Critical Comments About The Government

Tweeting Critical Comments About The Government In Vietnam Could Now Lead To Fines Or Jail Time

Vietnam has joined the likes of China and Iran in censoring its citizens’ social media activity.

The country has announced the threat of fines and even jail time for tweets, Facebook posts and other social media comments that criticize the Vietnamese government, reports Reuters.

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Sina Weibo Punishes 103,673 Accounts For Violating Government Rules

Sina Weibo Punishes 103,673 Accounts For Violating Government Rules

China’s Twitter, Sina Weibo, “closed or in some way punished” a whopping 103,673 accounts on the social media network for not being in compliance with the government’s online discourse rules, Tech in Asia reports.

Looks like suppression of online speech is alive and well in China.

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Student Suspended For Creating Hashtag About School Budget

Kids are rotten online, this has been sufficiently established, we think. Teens in particular can be bullying, threatening and just all around vile some days – and we cheer online when they get in trouble for it, don’t we?

Well, we should get just as chatty about the flipside: A teen facing a foolish punishment for creating a hashtag on Twitter that wasn’t bullying, threatening or in any way vile, but it ticked school administrators off – and they apparently can take whatever action they want, without consequence.

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Why Are So Many People Facing Jail Time Lately For Tweets?

We told you about the Turkish pianist, Fazil Say, who faces jail time for allegedly mocking Islam on Twitter. Then today we read about four people being arrested for allegedly defaming Bahrain’s king on Twitter. And there was that student jailed not too long ago for racist tweets and don’t even get me started on the Olympics.

What’s going on? Are governments cracking down on Twitter or is social media slowly chipping away at our common sense?

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Mexico Drops Charges Against “Twitter Terrorists”

Two Mexican citizens arrested for terrorism in early September have been freed. The charges were laid based on tweets they sent mistakenly warning of an elementary school under attack by gunman.
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The Zombie Apocalypse Strikes a UK College… on Twitter

In an effort to shed some light on the perceived failings of a school in Brighton, Sussex, students have created a parody Twitter account that’s getting a lot of attention. Their school, Varndean College, has tried to force Twitter to shut down the account, but so far the company’s not budging. Is this a case of a prankster taking it too far, or a victory for freedom of expression?
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