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India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for using social media to address the public directly has apparently caused a rift with India's mainstream press. Mahima Kaul reports

Padraig Reidy: How your well-meaning retweet can do more harm than good

Padraig Reidy: How your well-meaning retweet can do more harm than good

Whatever it is you care about, think before you tweet: Is this too good to be true? Do I have any way of checking this for myself?

Facebook’s online shaming mobs

Facebook’s online shaming mobs

When social media users group together to participate in online vigilantism, what implications are there for freedom of expression? Katie Dancey writes

India’s social media “peace force”

India’s social media “peace force”

Indians have organised online to stop social media postings looking to incite communal tension. Will it work, and is it a threat to free expression? Mahima Kaul reports

Egypt: Authorities reveal plans for mass surveillance of social media

Egypt: Authorities reveal plans for mass surveillance of social media

The proposed new mass monitoring system has sparked fears that internet activists may be the next targets of the military-backed government's widening crackdown on dissent, Shahira Amin writes

Twitter as a game has real-life consequences

Twitter as a game has real-life consequences

The description of Twitter as a game has one problem: Twitter can have real-life consequences, Padraig Reidy writes

Australia: Prime minister’s department cracks down on civil servant criticism

Australia: Prime minister’s department cracks down on civil servant criticism

Under new guidelines, Australian civil servants working for the prime ministers's office caught criticising the government can be sanctioned for illicit social media use, Helen Clark reports

Corruption and suppression: Adaptation based on a true story

Corruption and suppression: Adaptation based on a true story

Playwright and author Meltem Arikan guides you on an exploration of a corruption scandal enveloping a country, by imagining the UK as Turkey

Sir Keir Starmer: “You can’t have a law-free zone”

Sir Keir Starmer: “You can’t have a law-free zone”

Listen to a podcast interview with former director of public prosecution in England and Wales, Sir Keir Starmer, and editor of Index on Censorship magazine Rachael Jolley. In the interview Sir Keir covers social media, whistleblowing and online abuse.

Ukraine pages blocked on “Russian Facebook”

Ukraine pages blocked on “Russian Facebook”

Authorities have have banned 13 sites said to be promoting Ukrainian nationalist groups

Iran’s online conservatives skirt social media restrictions

Iran’s online conservatives skirt social media restrictions

A new report by Small Media sheds light on the Arzeshi, a hardline, conservative faction of online activists, devoted to the principles of the 1979 revolution and the supreme leader. Milana Knezevic reports

China’s Sina Weibo is in danger of becoming boring – just how the authorities want it

China’s Sina Weibo is in danger of becoming boring – just how the authorities want it

The success of China's censorship of microblogging sites could become a model for other nations, says Padraig Reidy

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