Four Facebook users have been detained by police in Hanoi and a central province for allegedly trespassing on state interests.
Social Media and Democracy articles on Democracy Chronicles
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Given the importance of what political science studies, from democratization to genocide, a false concept escaping might be dangerous.
There is a contradiction between Egypt’s rapid development of the digital economy and state control of the media, with arrests of tiktokers.
Posts about the “political outgroup” get twice as many shares on social media as posts on people, ideas within one’s own political tribe.
New social media guidelines in Vietnam urge people to express positive things about the state. The rules enforce government control.
BitClout reduces everything—art, humor, and personhood—to monetary value, revealing who and what we are prepared to pay for.
China restricts information about the tank man and Tiananmen Square more generally. In Hong Kong, it outlawed this year’s commemoration.
Facebook intends to end a content moderation policy that exempts politicians from most of the restrictions that apply to other users.
Unlike China, communist Vietnam has not felt compelled to block US social media platforms from its domestic internet. This is changing.
Tuesday’s Senate hearing pitted social media giants against researchers who argued social media algorithms threaten democracy.