Internet Censorship

The US government, in collaboration with social media companies, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access. Capitalist governments in Europe and throughout the world are enacting similar repressive policies.

In late April 2017, Google announced the implementation of new algorithms aimed at limiting or blocking access to the WSWS and other left wing, anti-war and progressive websites. Similar measures to deny Internet users access to revolutionary socialist and oppositional information and commentary have been implemented by Facebook and Twitter.

The World Socialist Web Site has taken the lead in exposing this conspiracy to censor the Internet and issued a call for the formation of an International Coalition of Socialist, Anti-War and Progressive Websites to fight back against this attack on freedom of speech and basic democratic rights.

Facebook and Sri Lankan government collaborate on social media censorship

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 20 March 2018

The Sri Lankan government is working with the giant social media corporation to establish greater political control of the Internet.

In name of fighting sex trafficking, US Congress set to pass internet censorship law

By Will Morrow, 17 March 2018

The bill will enable the prosecution of online platforms based on content posted by individual users.

New York Times chides Trump for insufficient aggression against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2018

The Times editorial underscore the newspaper’s role as a propaganda organ for leading elements in the US military and intelligence apparatus that are pressing for war.

Public conference in Detroit April 22

The resurgence of class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

13 March 2018

On Sunday, April 22, the WSWS, Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a public conference in Detroit, Michigan to mobilize the working class against Internet censorship.

West Virginia, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

By Jerry White, 12 March 2018

The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.

Google’s alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America

By Andre Damon, 10 March 2018

Google’s admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military’s illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.

YouTube threatens to shut down right-wing Infowars channel

By Trévon Austin, 10 March 2018

The move sets a dangerous precedent that will be turned against left-wing news outlets.

Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program

By Andre Damon, 8 March 2018

The company’s involvement in the “targeted killing” program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.

070 YouTube and Infowars

7 March 2018

100 YouTube threatens to shut down infowars

6 March 2018

European Union demands Google, Facebook step up Internet censorship

By Kumaran Ira, 5 March 2018

The EU’s call for the automatic removal of online content is part of an international attempt to censor social opposition to austerity and war.

US Federal Communications Commission sets end date for net neutrality

By Will Morrow, 24 February 2018

Beginning on April 23, multibillion-dollar corporations such as Comcast and AT&T will be able to restrict access to or completely censor web sites.

Opposition grows among students and youth to Internet censorship

By our reporters, 24 February 2018

Student who spoke with the IYSSE talked about the power of the Internet to organize opposition and disseminate information outside the control of the corporate and state media.

New York Times exploits Parkland tragedy to escalate anti-Russian campaign

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2018

The New York Times and the broadcast media have sought to exploit the deaths of 17 high school students to justify US military aggression against Russia and promote Internet censorship.

WSWS call to fight Internet censorship published in Urdu, Bengali, and Telugu

21 February 2018

The US government, in close collaboration with Google, Facebook, and other giant IT corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites.

Neo-McCarthyite hysteria at US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

By Andre Damon, 15 February 2018

Tuesday’s hearing was an exercise in right-wing hysteria aimed at promoting the claim that all social opposition in the United States is the product of foreign subversion.

China boosts censorship of social media

By Robert Campion, 15 February 2018

The Chinese regime justifies censoring the Internet in terms that are indistinguishable from those of the US government and corporate giants, such as Google and Facebook.

Corporate giant Unilever demands crackdown on oppositional Internet content

By Will Morrow, 14 February 2018

The Unilever statement marks an escalation in the campaign by the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, in alliance with corporate interests, to censor the Internet.

WSWS/SEP/IYSSE public meetings

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

14 February 2018

These public meetings have been called to alert workers and youth to the far-reaching efforts to censor the Internet, and to organize resistance. Contact the WSWS for information on meetings in your area.

Censorship, witch hunts and dirty money at the New York Times

By Andre Damon, 12 February 2018

The Times has made little effort to hide the fact that its record-breaking profits have been driven in large measure by state censorship and media scandalmongering.

YouTube censors video opposing far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 10 February 2018

The video by the left-wing, socialist channel “Political Analysis” was evidently censored following appeals by far-right circles to YouTube.

Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 2018

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help “turn down the temperature” on “divisive national issues.”

Veteran investigative reporter Robert Parry dies at 68

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2018

Parry, who won journalism awards for exposing CIA crimes in Nicaragua, founded after confronting the corporate media’s impediments to serious investigative journalism.

From Facebook to Policebook

By Andre Damon, 2 February 2018

Facebook is being transformed into an instrument of censorship and surveillance, monitoring the actions and thoughts of its users.

In letter to Congress, social media companies outline plans for mass censorship

By Will Morrow, 31 January 2018

The technology giants are hiring thousands more human reviewers and developing artificial intelligence algorithms to monitor and censor political speech on the internet.

Julian Assange challenges warrant for his arrest as doctors confirm worsening of his health

By Margot Miller, 27 January 2018

The clinicians, with a combined four decades of experience, said Assange's "continued confinement" is "a clear infringement of his human right to healthcare.”

New York Times cashes in on Facebook’s news censorship

By Will Morrow, 27 January 2018

Establishment news organizations such as the Times, publicly discredited by their role as state propaganda outlets for decades, see censorship as a means to regain lost readers.

Amid state censorship campaign, French media denounce “conspiracy theories”

By Anthony Torres, 26 January 2018

The French daily Libération has published a prominent article denouncing the “conspiracy theory” that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda are “in fact manipulated by Western intelligence agencies.”

205 NYT and censorship of social media

26 January 2018

Democrats demand Facebook and Twitter release information on campaign over spying on Trump

By Andre Damon, 25 January 2018

Democratic lawmakers have sent a letter to social media companies demanding that they compile lists of accounts spreading the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo.

Full transcript: “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship”

By the World Socialist Web Site, 25 January 2018

The following is an edited transcript of the January 16 webinar “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship,” featuring journalist Chris Hedges and WSWS Chairperson David North.

“Fake news” hysteria set to take center stage in Brazil’s October elections

By Miguel Andrade, 24 January 2018

In joining the global crusade against “fake news,” the Brazilian authorities are preparing to rely on a dictatorship-era National Security Law to censor oppositional news and opinion.

Facebook details plans to censor news feeds and manipulate public opinion

By Andre Damon, 24 January 2018

In the guise of combating “social polarization,” Facebook is creating a framework for censorship, the dissemination of government propaganda, and the mass manipulation of public opinion.

For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship

An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

23 January 2018

An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, antiwar, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists

Twitter warns users: We’re watching you

By Andre Damon, 22 January 2018

In an overt act of political intimidation, Twitter emailed hundreds of thousands of users informing them that they had shared or followed “Russian propaganda.”

Facebook and Google outline unprecedented mass censorship at US Senate hearing

By Andre Damon, 18 January 2018

Facebook is planning to double its army of censors to nearly 20,000 people by the end of this year, a company official told lawmakers Thursday.

Statement to the World Socialist Web Site webinar

Julian Assange calls effort of corporations to control Internet discourse “an existential threat to humanity”

18 January 2018

This statement was sent by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the January 16 webinar, “Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship.”

World Socialist Web Site calls for international coalition of socialist and anti-war websites to counter Internet censorship

By Niles Niemuth, 18 January 2018

The WSWS hosted a livestreamed discussion between David North and Chris Hedges that reviewed the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and the necessary steps for an effective fight-back.

Trump administration escalates attack on data encryption

By Will Morrow, 17 January 2018

In a sign that the White House is moving to criminalize encryption, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein argued that “warrant-proof” files are unconstitutional.

Statement by Julian Assange opposing Internet censorship will be read at WSWS “Organizing Resistance” Webinar

16 January 2018

The webinar featuring David North and Chris Hedges will be broadcast live on January 16 at 7:00 pm EST.

Facebook blocks sharing of WSWS anti-censorship video

By Eric London, 15 January 2018

The social media giant has blocked users from sharing a video promoting the January 16 online meeting “Organizing resistance to Internet censorship.”

Facebook announces major plan to censor news content

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network will deprioritize news content, part of a coordinated effort to block access to information online.

“The matter is urgent; voices must be raised!”

Documentarian John Pilger issues statement of support for January 16 webinar, “Organizing resistance to Internet censorship”

11 January 2018

This statement was sent by the award-winning journalist and documentarian in support of the online discussion featuring Chris Hedges and David North.

Twitter censors German satirical magazine

By Johannes Stern, 10 January 2018

The German censorship law is part of a comprehensive global campaign to control the Internet.

210 Video on Internet censorship

9 January 2018

Governments and corporations escalate Internet censorship and attacks on free speech

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2018

Technology companies and governments all over the world have kicked off the New Year with a massive assault on freedom of expression on the Internet.

Facebook deleted accounts at the behest of US, Israeli and German governments

By Niles Niemuth, 4 January 2018

The social media company has deleted the accounts of Palestinian activists. journalists and the former leader of Chechnya in a campaign of international political censorship.

207 Webinar announcement

30 December 2017

The end of net neutrality and the fight to defend the free internet

By Andre Damon, 15 December 2017

Thursday’s move by the US government to end net neutrality seeks to usher in an age when corporations and the government decide what people can and cannot access online.

Google hiring 10,000 reviewers to censor YouTube content

By Zaida Green, 8 December 2017

The video-sharing platform has already removed over 150,000 videos, with 50 percent of videos removed within two hours of upload.

Google’s Eric Schmidt admits political censorship of search results

By Niles Niemuth, 22 November 2017

Remarks by the executive chairman of Google’s parent company about efforts to “de-rank” news sites critical of the US government expose the corporate-government conspiracy to block oppositional voices on the Internet.

Sri Lankan students and workers oppose Google censorship of the WSWS

By our correspondents, 22 November 2017

“It’s very important to organise the working class on an international basis.”

Google announces moves to censor RT and Sputnik

By Trévon Austin, 21 November 2017

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced that Google will create algorithms designed to “de-rank” web sites such as RT and Sputnik.

Sri Lankan government bans Lanka e-News web site

By Vijith Samarasinghe, 20 November 2017

The ban on LeN is a direct attack on basic democratic rights and a warning to all sections of the media that the Sri Lankan ruling elite cannot tolerate any criticism.

EU anti-“fake news” authority prepares mass censorship

By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2017

The EU is preparing censorship aimed not at false information, but at news reports or political views that encourage popular opposition to the European ruling class.

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting on Google censorship at Manchester Metropolitan University

By our reporters, 15 November 2017

The meeting outlined the political context in which the term “fake news” is used to justify censorship.

050 US Internet censorship/hacking

14 November 2017

Democrat Mark Warner auditions for the role of grand inquisitor in the anti-Russia campaign

By Harvey Simpkins, 14 November 2017

Senator Warner of Virginia has taken the most aggressive posture in favor of Internet censorship and other attacks on democratic rights.

US brands RT a “foreign agent:” A chilling move against free speech

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2017

The Justice Department’s demand that RT register as a “foreign agent” is aimed at delegitimizing it as a news source, intimidating its contributors and guests, and setting a precedent for branding news outlets as treasonous.

The Democrats’ McCarthyite witch hunt

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2017

This week’s congressional hearings on “extremist content” mark a new stage in the campaign by congressional Democrats, working with the intelligence agencies and leading media outlets, to legitimize censorship and criminalize dissent.

Anti-Russia hearings in the US:

Lawmakers demand tech companies censor journalists and conduct mass surveillance

By Andre Damon, 2 November 2017

Wednesday's testimony made clear the social media giants are being required to act as a proxy of the US government, to muzzle its critics and political opponents.

US Congressional hearing:

Former FBI agent says tech companies must “silence” sources of “rebellion”

By Andre Damon, 1 November 2017

Advocating stepped-up censorship of the Internet, Clint Watts, a former US Army officer and FBI agent, declared, “Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words.”

US congressional hearings on “extremist content” prepare assault on free speech

By Andre Damon, 31 October 2017

This week, US tech companies will report to Congress on their moves to limit “extremist content” on the Internet as part of the anti-Russian witch hunt, which is increasingly targeting the First Amendment.

Twitter bans RT and Sputnik from advertising

By Trévon Austin, 28 October 2017

The move sets a chilling precedent, giving Twitter the ability to decide which news outlets are allowed to promote their content, limiting free speech and freedom of the press online.

New York Times and Wall Street Journal demand censorship of YouTube

By Andre Damon, 26 October 2017

In two articles appearing Tuesday on the front pages of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, the newspapers laid out justifications for censoring the online streaming service YouTube.

Public meetings in Michigan, California and New York

Google: The new face of Internet censorship

24 October 2017

The SEP and IYSSE are hosting meetings throughout the country to inform students youth and workers of the fight against Internet censorship.

Over 5,000 sign WSWS petition against Google blacklisting

By Trévon Austin, 23 October 2017

The broad and passionate response from workers, students and youth in the United States and internationally is indicative of widespread opposition to censorship and attacks on democratic rights.

Google escalates blacklisting of left-wing web sites and journalists

By Andre Damon, 20 October 2017

In a sweeping expansion of its moves to censor the Internet, Google has blacklisted leading left-wing websites and journalists from its news aggregation platform.

“Google is censoring websites to block dissident views critical of the US establishment”

India: Students and workers in Kolkata oppose Google censorship

By Ritwik Mitter and Arun Kumar, 19 October 2017

ICFI/WSWS supporters spoke to students about Google censorship, the Indian government’s attacks on democratic rights and the US war drive against China.

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2017

US intelligence agencies, media outlets and Democratic Party operatives are turning the witch-hunt against Russia into the justification for a far-reaching attack on free speech.

The New York Times and the criminalization of dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 11 October 2017

The unsubstantiated charges of Russian interference in the US elections have developed into an increasingly frenzied campaign to ascribe all opposition within the United States to the actions of a “foreign enemy.”

Sri Lankan academics oppose Google censorship

By our correspondent, 7 October 2017

Google’s actions are “a gross abuse of monopolistic power” and related to its close links to the US state apparatus and the Pentagon.

Inequality and the American oligarchy

The social and economic roots of the attack on democratic rights

By Eric London, 6 October 2017

New figures on social inequality reveal the material basis for the campaign in ruling circles to block access to the WSWS and other left-wing sites.

The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

By David North, 6 October 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges talks with the WSWS about the anti-Russia campaign, the attack on democratic rights, and the role of the capitalist media.

Germany’s Network Enforcement Act: Legal framework for censorship of the Internet

By Katerina Selin, 5 October 2017

The assumption behind the law, which took effect October 1, is that companies will delete controversial posts rather than risk severe financial penalties.

Indian workers and students in Chennai support campaign against Google censorship

By our correspondents, 3 October 2017

“Blocking information is a dictatorial measure; governments and big companies are trying to prevent us from finding critical information,” said one worker.

Grenfell Fire Forum: Wide-ranging discussion and resolution passed opposing Google censorship

By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017

Over 20 people, half of whom were local residents, attended the first meeting of the Grenfell Fire Forum last Saturday at the Maxilla Social Club in North Kensington, London.

The New York Times reports World Socialist Web Site charge of Google censorship and blacklisting

By Andre Damon, 2 October 2017

The Times’ article is the first detailed report in the US mainstream media of Google’s manipulation of searches to bar access to left-wing sites.

US Justice Department demands Facebook turn over information on anti-administration activists

By Trévon Austin, 30 September 2017

Private account information on thousands of Facebook users could be handed over to the government as a result of the warrants.

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2017

The increasingly hysterical anti-Russia campaign, spearheaded by the Democratic Party, is laying the political and legal basis for the criminalization of dissent in the United States.

230 Indian campaign article on Google censorship

26 September 2017

010 Facebook crackdown

23 September 2017

Socialist Equality Party/International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK) public meetings

Stop Internet Censorship! Stop Google’s political blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site

22 September 2017

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of public meetings in the UK in opposition to Google’s censorship of the Internet and its blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site.

Obama adviser Samantha Power calls for crackdown on social media

Internet censorship and government war plans

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2017

Samantha Power, US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama, has penned a column in the New York Times advocating the use of “professional gatekeepers” to police public discourse on the Internet.

Sri Lankan free trade zone and harbour workers denounce Google censorship

By our correspondents, 21 September 2017

“We oppose exploitation and inequality. We oppose world war and Google censorship of the WSWS.”

Hillary Clinton’s What Happened: A conspiracy theory of the 2016 election

By Andre Damon, 20 September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s memoir, released September 13, represents the Democratic Party’s semi-official narrative of its electoral defeat in 2016.

Facebook turns over information on Russia-linked accounts to Special Counsel Mueller

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2017

The investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US election and Trump campaign collusion is being used to justify a crackdown on the Internet.

Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

By Andre Damon, 19 September 2017

New statistics expose the growing impact of Google’s attack on free speech.

World Socialist Web Site readers in Britain oppose Google’s censorship campaign

By our reporter, 18 September 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.

Why is Amazon deleting negative reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book?

By Andre Damon, 15 September 2017

Amazon has deleted over a thousand negative reviews of What Happened?, Hillary Clinton’s account of the 2016 presidential election.

New York Times stokes anti-Russia campaign to promote Facebook, Twitter censorship

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017

Invoking an alleged Russian menace to American democracy, the New York Times is spearheading a campaign for a crackdown on political expression on social media.

“If the Internet shuts down, we wouldn’t know anything. The union isn’t going to tell us”

Autoworkers in Detroit support campaign against Google Internet censorship

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2017

SEP campaign teams in the Detroit area collected scores of signatures last weekend for the petition opposing Google’s Internet censorship.

Forbes writer says Google censored report on manipulation of search traffic

By Andre Damon, 8 September 2017

Journalist Kashmir Hill faced a backlash from the tech giant after she reported that Google threatened to demote search results for sites that did not link to its ill-fated social media network.

Sri Lankan students oppose Google’s censorship of the World Socialist Web Site

By our reporters, 5 September 2017

Members of the SEP and IYSSE in Sri Lanka campaigned this month to gather support among students and youth for the WSWS’s campaign against Google’s censorship of the Internet.

220 Interviews with petition signers

4 September 2017

Antimonopoly researchers say Google CEO pressured leading think tank to fire them

By Andre Damon, 2 September 2017

The researchers, who had criticized Google, said in a statement that the tech giant is “trying to censor journalists and researchers who fight dangerous monopolies.”

Over three thousand sign WSWS petition against Google censorship

By Isaac Finn, 1 September 2017

The World Socialist Web Site’s petition against Google’s blacklisting of socialist, antiwar and progressive websites has received more than 3,000 signatures, with over a thousand signing in the last ten days.

“They are trying to block out the truth”

US autoworkers denounce Google censorship of WSWS

By Shannon Jones, 31 August 2017

Detroit autoworkers support the campaign by the Socialist Equality Party against the attempt by tech giant Google to manipulate its searches to restrict access to the World Socialist Web Site.

30 August 2017

DreamHost ordered to hand over data on anti-Trump website: The criminalization of political dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 26 August 2017

The court decision that DreamHost must turn over information on the individuals associated with is a chilling assault on free speech.