Earlier today, we removed four Pages belonging to Alex Jones for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks those Community Standards. Spotify and Apple removed the InfoWars podcast from their streaming services, though a number of InfoWars apps are still available for download on the Apple store.
Jones' banishment comes as social media giants attempt to balance free speech, onlight civility, and the fight against "fake news. Mark Meadows R—N. The shadowbans also extended further right, to people like white nationalist Richard Spencer and right-wing troll Mike Cernovich, though initially at least they did not affect Jones. Facebook, meanwhile, was thrown into controversy after founder Mark Zuckerberg told an interviewer that Holocaust deniers should be able to post content on Facebook provided they weren't attempting to "organize harm" or attack someone else.
Though Zuckerberg's sister responded to that controversy by calling on the government to make certain kinds of speech illegal, she also suggested that social media platforms should not need to "decide who has the right to speech" and "police content in a way that is different from what our legal system dictates. Policing hate on a very large scale is quite difficult given the frequently subjective nature of offense; we risk de-platforming legitimate viewpoints that are unpopular but deserve to be heard; and ultimately, silencing hate is not the same thing as squelching it.
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Regulators think that's a problem. Christian Britschgi Campus Free Speech. Robby Soave The accused later told Police that they did so after watching pornographic content on the web. Over the years, the government has banned thousands of websites and URLs in the country with the help of internet service providers or under the directive of the courts. For example, in August , the government banned at least sites for their pornographic contents and in June , the government further banned over URLs for providing 'Escort Services'.
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In response, nearly websites were blocked. They can now force ISPs to block entire websites to tackle Internet piracy and sharing for their copyrighted content.
This was gained through falsifying data that these sites are uploading videos when it is a user centered activity and covering up the fact each of these websites have active departments to regulate any sorts of infringement and misuse of their services. Prathiba M Singh, who had represented Star India, cited poor resources of media giants like Star India, for targeting these domains without block expiry period and their legal team termed these sites as "rogue sites" and expressed delight in their successive filing from and incognito win to violate freedom of trade on the Internet at least in India.
Though some critics say this would be lifted eventually by seeing the fallacy as in similar previous cases. In , India also put forwarded a new plan to control internet usage of its netizens. Accessing or pop-ups from ad services or malware infection of websites banned in India might invite 3 years of jail sentence and a fine of Rs 3 lakh.
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This means the DNS of the blocked site was added to a list maintained by the internet service provider and whenever a user tried connecting to that site, the DNS server of the negroservice provider would block that request. Officials suspect netizens are circumventing these measures knowingly or unknowingly. The government also intends to provide broad educational information classes, provide free operating systems with utilities for malware, free access to internet, and for computerized activities of daily life as a primary method.
Currently, the government is joining hands with media content providers and internet service providers like big companies Tata Communications and Airtel to manage a number of internet gateways in India. Though many legal, technical and social action groups consider this as a threatening approach. Many social action groups say that these as inappropriate time and money spend while real issues like unemployment, access to education, freedom of practicing religion, women and children safety, drug use are ever rising.
Lawyers with technical background say this might be warning message and DNS filtering is a better practice for enforcing Anti-piracy laws in current India. Some of them are also wary about how will these actions get reflected in terms hostility towards human rights, implications of these fines, profiteering stakeholders agendas, is it the government's first step to a long term plan "monitoring the whole world wide web" as China does.
Many of these services are malvertising , click away access and pops ups, how does the government intend to tackle these issues and problems with the current plan that is heavily in favor of corporation's margin and doesn't cater to its users needs. Other groups express their fear and uneasiness whether these will lead to emergency era like arrests where anything that government bodies believe is an "offence under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, A, 65 and A of the Copyright Act, ". Warning that allegedly created for TATA and Airtel users with threats implied beyond normal DoT remainder and block message shows as: .
This URL has been blocked under the instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents under this URL is punishable as an offence under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, A, 65 and A of the Copyright Act, which prescribe imprisonment for 3 years and also fine of upto Rs. Any person aggrieved by any such blocking of this URL may contact at urlblock [at] tatacommunications [dot] com who will, within 48 hours, provide you the details of relevant proceedings under which you can approach the relevant High Court or Authority for redressal of your grievance.
Current situation that have led to this sudden moves is reported to be by influence of film studios in India and courts who have regularly issued orders in the favor for them. Often these are done with the contracted lawyers of film studios approach courts in regular intervals ahead and after a movie's release seeking preventive blocks on the URLs they compile and list. This lists in reality are unprofessionally and "poorly compiled and often block is sought on full websites just on the basis of whims and fancies".
The interesting part here is that once a URL is blocked it remains blocked, even years after the release of the film without an expiry. Patent lawyers also suggest to make practical changes in its laws according to the current e-environment like making materials accessible within six months to one year and protecting the content from manipulation and creative infringement of the same under copyright laws to lessen the current piracy problems.
Before revocation of autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir , the Internet services were shut down as part of curfew and complete communications blackout including cable TV, landlines and cellphones on 4 August The Internet and other communication services have still not been restored. Pertinently, the order was passed by exercising the powers conferred under the Indian Telegraph Act, which technically became obsolete circa when the Government of India decided to stop all telegraph services in the country.
As a result of this censorship, people living in the valley have resorted to circumvention tactics in the form of using web proxies, VPNs among other things. The popularity of these tactics have compelled the government to block access to Android Play store among other services for some time in a bid to prevent citizens from getting access to these services.
The banned services include widely used services like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp but also surprisingly the list includes websites like QQ, Baidu, Qzone, which are not used outside of mainland China. Xanga, a website featured in the list, shut down in The State government shut down the Internet in Vadodara , Gujarat from September 27, for 3 days due to communal clashes between two communities, even though only the central government has the power to shut down the Internet under the Information Technology Act,  and that, in addition, under a declared state of emergency under article of the Constitution of India when freedom of speech and expression is suspended.
No formal announcement was made regarding this by the city police or the Internet service providers. When the Patidar reservation agitation turned violent on 25 August , the internet services on mobile phones and broadband were restricted as certain social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked for six days from 26 August to 31 August across the state. The State government of Nagaland shut down the Internet for the entire state, from 7 March for 48 hours due to the mob lynching of a man.
The block was initiated to prevent the spread of violence in the state. Police and protesters clashed in different areas of Churachandpur district as mobs went on a rampage attacking residences of Ministers, MLAs and MPs. The State government of Manipur was ordered by respective Deputy commissioner DC to shut down Mobile data service in Imphal west and Imphal east district from 17 December till further order. The State government of Manipur ordered all forms of telecom services, except voice calls, to be suspended for five days in Manipur with effect from Thursday night to prevent anti-national and anti-social messages on social media.
An order issued by Special Secretary Home Kh Raghumani said the step was taken to prevent spread of rumors, "which might have serious repercussion for the law and order situation in the entire state of Manipur. For the third time under the leadership of CM N. Biren Singh in the State government of Manipur was ordered to shut down Mobile data services in Manipur for five days, amidst protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill which took effect from 11 February mid night.
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