NetBlocks: Algeria blocks YouTube and Google services after publication of political video

NetBlocks: Algeria blocks YouTube and Google services after publication of political video. “Network data from the NetBlocks internet observatory confirm that YouTube and several Google services and websites have been blocked across Algeria on the evening of Thursday 8 August 2019 by state-run Algeria Telecom (AS36947) and other leading internet providers.”

Vice: Facebook Is Censoring Posts That Could Save Opioid Users’ Lives

Vice: Facebook Is Censoring Posts That Could Save Opioid Users’ Lives. “In its efforts to stop opioid sales on the site, Facebook appears to be blocking people who warn users about poisonous batches of drugs or who supply materials used to test for fentanyls and other contaminants. Just as 1990s web security filters mistook breast cancer research centers for porn sites, today’s internet still seems to have trouble distinguishing between drug dealers and groups trying to reduce the death toll from the overdose crisis. VICE reviewed screenshots and emails to corroborate the claims made in this story.”

The Verge: YouTube can’t remove kid videos without tearing a hole in the entire creator ecosystem

The Verge: YouTube can’t remove kid videos without tearing a hole in the entire creator ecosystem. “As a federal investigation into YouTube’s problems with children enters its late stages, the platform needs a solution. But as YouTube struggles to find a fix that addresses policymakers’ concerns, it’s left with a major roadblock: children have become integral to the overarching creator community.”

Engadget: Russia to start blocking major VPNs after censorship refusal

Engadget: Russia to start blocking major VPNs after censorship refusal. “Russia’s hatred for censorship-dodging VPNs is well-known, and it’s now prepared to follow through on its warnings. Telecoms oversight chief Alexander Zharov told Interfax that he expected to block nine major VPNs, including ExpressVPN and NordVPN, for refusing to connect to a national blacklist that would prevent people from accessing sites through their tunneling services. He expected that the crackdown could take place within a month.”

CNET: The Great Firewall of China blocks off Wikipedia

CNET: The Great Firewall of China blocks off Wikipedia. “Multiple reports confirm China blocked Wikipedia across all language URLs sometime in late April. The country is using DNS injections to prevent its citizens from accessing the online encyclopedia, according to a report from the Open Observatory of Network Interference on May 4.”

New Straits Times Online: Sri Lanka blocks some social media platforms after violent incidents

New Straits Times Online: Sri Lanka blocks some social media platforms after violent incidents. “The Sri Lankan government said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after violent incidents in the wake of Easter bombings by Islamist militants.”