According to the recent World Information Access report, since 2003, “64 citizens unaffiliated with news organizations have been arrested for their blogging activities”. But it’s not just individual bloggers who are under threat. There have been numerous attempts by governments to censor social media sites. Using IBM’s ManyEyes tool, we’ve created a map of the most censored websites around the world.
Unfortunately, this list is probably only the tip of the iceberg. Most of the reports of censorship are based on stories by major news outlets. If we have missed any sites or countries then please leave a link in the comments section to an article with more details so we can update the map.
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We only looked at platforms and not individual sites. While some of the sites are no longer banned, we thought it was better to include any that have been banned previously.
Click on the map below to interact with it. (You can also use the ManyEyes tool to update the data yourself).
Here is a table listing which sites have been banned by each country. The most censored site was YouTube where we found reports of nine countries that had censored the site over the last few years.
|Iran||Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia, Orkut|
|Pakistan||YouTube, Blogger, Wikipedia|
|Saudi Arabia||Flickr, Orkut|
|United Arab Emirates||Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Orkut|
List of sources for each site below:
If you have any details of other sites that have been banned then please leave a link in the comments section and we’ll try to update it other the next few days. You can also use and add to the data if you sign-up to ManyEyes.
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