A Third of the World’s Countries Have Restricted Social Media Access Since 2015

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Privacy protection company Surfshark analyzed 185 countries and their social media blocking practices from 2015 to present day, seeking to evaluate the extent of social media censorship. The research shows that 62 out of the 185 analyzed countries blocked or heavily restricted social media access in the past five years.

Six countries – China, North Korea, Iran, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar – have ongoing social media or VoIP app bans (i.e., Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber). The study has found no evidence of previous social media restrictions in the remaining 123 countries.

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