5 Things to Know About Online Censorship

The issue of Online censorship has always been a difficult one for governments around the world with almost every nation introducing some form of regulation regarding what we can see on the Internet. Amnesty International reports the most famous form of Online censorship is the “Great Firewall of China” that blocks around one in four websites that are visible to Google users in the rest of the world. The majority of sites blocked in China are those from news organizations, civil rights activists, and those with opposing views to the ruling government.

1. Online censorship is everywhere

It does not matter where you live in the world you will generally be subject to some form of Online censorship based on the morals of your home nation. Among the decisions taken to build Online censorship around the world are those designed to provide protection from forms of violence or sexual exploitation. The decision by the U.K. Government to introduce the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in 2001 was questioned because of the powers it gave police many believed pushed beyond the European Union HUman Rights regulations, the NCAC reports.

2. China employs a 30,000-strong Internet Police

When the Chinese Government began to notice the power of the Internet they began to introduce what became known as the Great Firewall of China, a term first used in 1997. The introduction of an Internet Police Force involved the employment of a team of 30,000 agents investigating the so-called misuse of the Internet by Chinese citizens.

3. Iran is the world’s leading Internet censor

The Chinese may be the most famous censors of the Internet but the nation is not the leading censor of the Internet. Iran ranks as the leading censor of its citizens in the world with 20 million Iranians online at any time with around 40 percent of content censored.

4. Different countries have different rules

There are many different rules created by different nations to reflect the regulations of the individual country. In Germany, the history of the nation is reflected by the fact all Nazi propaganda is illegal. The Canadian Government has introduced rules allowing judges to fight hate speech by ordering its removal from certain sites.

5. Online censorship has become a major issue for the majority of people around the world with the residents of South America being the most concerned with almost 80 percent believing it to be an issue.

Online censorship is often completed to protect individuals from potential hate speech, violence, or immoral content. However, the clampdowns taking place around the world regarding Online content has become a concern for groups such as Amnesty International. Many experts have pointed to the Great Firewall of China as the most dangerous regulation in the world as it limits the opposition to the government of the nation.