The Next Web: Digital rights groups demand Facebook let you appeal removed posts

The Next Web: Digital rights groups demand Facebook let you appeal removed posts. “A group of 88 civil liberties groups have penned an open letter to Facebook requesting the company allow users to appeal whenever their posts are removed — an option they currently do not have.”

CNET: Facebook keeps fumbling political ads

CNET: Facebook keeps fumbling political ads. “Dana Hopkins felt like she was in an ‘endless loop’ with Facebook. The frustration began in September when she purchased an ad on the social network to promote an open mic night she was co-hosting in San Francisco. What happened next was a head-scratcher. Facebook blocked the ad at least six times because the social network said it was political.”

Dawn: Pakistan’s online clampdown

Dawn: Pakistan’s online clampdown. “On the afternoon of June 3, 2018 — with the general elections only a month away — many users on Twitter took to the microblogging platform to express their inability to access a website operated by the Awami Workers Party (AWP). Once accessible to several users on various internet providers of the country, it now directed visitors to a message stating that the website was ‘not accessible’ because ‘it contains content that is prohibited for viewership from within Pakistan’. The website, however, was accessible to users outside the country.”

TorrentFreak: Yandex Under Fire Again, This Time For Linking to Blocked RuTracker

TorrentFreak: Yandex Under Fire Again, This Time For Linking to Blocked RuTracker. “Russian search giant Yandex is under fire again, this time for linking to previously blocked sites including RuTracker. A law passed last year forbids search engines from linking to sites previously blocked on the orders of the Moscow City Court, so a group of book publishers is now demanding fines and even a potential ISP blockade of Yandex in a first-of-its-kind action.”

Social Media Explorer: How to Use a VPN If Social Networks Are Blocked in Your Country

Social Media Explorer: How to Use a VPN If Social Networks Are Blocked in Your Country. “Censorship of website content is a growing concern in countries all over the world. Governments and organizations may restrict website content gain more control. They don’t want citizens to have freedom of speech, or they want to eliminate competition for certain services. They might be concerned about the government image being ruined or the population organizing a revolt. Some of the most commonly blocked websites are social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. These social sites encourage freedom of expression, which goes against the laws in many of these countries.”

ABC News: Pakistan causes YouTube outage for two-thirds of world

ABC News: Pakistan causes YouTube outage for two-thirds of world. “Most of the world’s Internet users lost access to YouTube for several hours Sunday after an attempt by Pakistan’s government to block access domestically affected other countries. The outage highlighted yet another of the Internet’s vulnerabilities, coming less than a month after broken fiber-optic cables in the Mediterranean took Egypt off line and caused communications problems from the Middle East to India.”

Tubefilter: China Has Blocked Twitch Following Mass App Downloads During Asian Games

Tubefilter: China Has Blocked Twitch Following Mass App Downloads During Asian Games. “Twitch has confirmed that it is now blocked in China, with its browser site firewalled and its mobile app removed from the local App Store. This follows the platform’s skyrocketing popularity last month, when people downloaded the app to watch the Chinese team compete in esports at the 2018 Asian Games.”