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Russia | Blocking of Telegram and legal restrictions on social networks will limit freedom of expression in Russia, says OSCE Representative Désir

VIENNA, 13 April 2018 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir expressed his concern about a court’s decision to block the Telegram messaging and social networking application in the Russian Federation.

“The decision to block Telegram is deeply worrying as it hampers the important role of internet intermediaries in facilitating the exercise of the right to freedom of expression. In recent years, Telegram has also become an important channel for the dissemination of information by various media outlets,” Désir said. “I call on the Russian authorities to reconsider this restrictive measure and to promote a free, independent and diverse communications environment.”

Behind the Facebook data scandal: The drive to censor the Internet

In a week full of major social and political developments, no single topic has occupied the US media outlets more than the scandal surrounding Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica, the election data company previously associated with former Trump campaign Chairman Steve Bannon.

UK | CP of Britain: We won’t be silenced

The CP of Britain faced with strange reaction of the Facebook administrators on the international solidarity day with Ukrainian left activists. British communists state:

On 10th February, just as members and supporters of the CP were participating in Young Communist League protests against repression in the Ukraine, without warning or reason, Facebook unpublished our page.

USA | Facebook announces major plan to censor news content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that the world’s largest social network is initiating major changes aimed at deprioritizing news and political content on individual users’ news feeds in favor of “personal moments.” The change is the most significant effort to date to censor online information.

USA | Google’s Eric Schmidt admits political censorship of search results

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, confirmed this weekend that the world’s largest Internet company is, in close coordination with the state, manipulating search results to censor sites critical of the US government.