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
By Tom Hall, 24 April 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with several of those attending the meeting “War, the Class Struggle and the Fight Against Internet Censorship,” held at Wayne State University on Sunday.
By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2018
The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee is an attack on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the press.
By our reporter, 23 April 2018
Several workers addressed the conference and expressed the growing opposition among broad layers of the working class to capitalism and the pro-corporate trade unions.
21 April 2018
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings titled: War, lies and censorship—For the building of a socialist anti-war movement!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 April 2018
The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.
By Clara Weiss, 17 April 2018
The attack on encrypted communication is part of the international drive by governments to censor the Internet and expand mass surveillance.
By our correspondents, 16 April 2018
Speakers explained the connection between the attack on free speech, the drive to war and the rising struggles of the working class.
By Will Morrow, 14 April 2018
The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the “sentiments” and personal information of journalists and “media influencers” around the world.
Public Meetings in Australia
14 April 2018
The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington’s escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.
By Andre Damon, 13 April 2018
The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream news outlets function not as journalists, but as propagandists for the US/NATO war drive against Syria.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 April 2018
The WikiLeaks founder and publisher has been cut off from all access to the outside world for more two weeks by the Ecuadorian government under pressure from the United States and its allies.
By Andre Damon, 11 April 2018
The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook’s censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 April 2018
It is no coincidence that Assange has been shut off from any form of communication with the outside world as the US and its allies prepare for an escalation of war in Syria and beyond.
By Andre Damon, 9 April 2018
Zuckerberg announced Friday that his company will “require people who manage large pages to be verified,” i.e., they must provide the company, and by extension the US government, with their real names and locations.
By Andre Damon, 6 April 2018
Google’s collaboration in the US government’s drone murder program expresses how the rapid development of artificial intelligence technology—with its vast potential for the enrichment of humanity—is being corrupted under capitalism.
By Alex González, 5 April 2018
The #Verificado2018 campaign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.
By Andre Damon, 5 April 2018
Over 3,000 Google employees have signed a letter condemning the company’s participation in the criminal operations of the US military and the “business of war.”
By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2018
Palantir’s clients include a disproportionate number of US military, state and intelligence agencies, among them the CIA, NSA, FBI and Homeland Security.
By Andre Damon, 3 April 2018
Times columnist Farhad Manjoo demanded in a recent article that the government do something to “fix” social media to keep the online “herd” from voicing their opinions.
April 8, public meeting in Chennai, India
By the supporters group of the ICFI in India, 3 April 2018
The supporters group of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) in India will hold a public meeting in Chennai on April 8 against Internet censorship.
2 April 2018
Writers, journalists, artists, film-makers and activists have called on the Government of Ecuador to restore Julian Assange’s right to free speech and end the isolating blockade it has imposed on him in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 March 2018
A report in the Intercept documents the extensive use of data derived from social media to pursue immigrants.
By Will Morrow, 29 March 2018
The company, citing US government policy, has refused to process purchases of Mehring Books’ recently released pamphlet, The Struggle Against Imperialism and for Workers’ Power in Iran.
By Mike Head, 29 March 2018
Julian Assange’s confinement in the Ecuadoran embassy increasingly resembles that of a prisoner.
By Andre Damon, 28 March 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, facing a media onslaught that has wiped out $80 billion from the company’s share value, has acquiesced to demands that he appear before Congress.
By Will Morrow, 28 March 2018
The bill sets a precedent for prosecuting internet platforms based on the content published by users.
By Julie Hyland, 26 March 2018
Cambridge Analytica and SCL were not acting as proxies for the Russian state but rather for significant sections of the US/UK military and intelligence apparatus.
By Andre Damon, 23 March 2018
The media, working with the intelligence agencies and leading congressional Democrats, is using the scandal as a cover for a crackdown on political opposition on the world’s largest social network.
"They want you to feel if you speak up you'll be called a traitor or a Russian.”
By a reporting team, 23 March 2018
Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Stamping Plant asserted their right to read whatever news sources they wanted without interference by the government and tech giants.
By Andre Damon, 22 March 2018
Google announced its latest censorship initiative as Facebook came under pressure from the media and Congressional Democrats to crack down on political opposition.
By Will Morrow, 22 March 2018
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report claims that demonstrations in Wisconsin in 2016 against a police killing were used by Russian Twitter bots to “stoke flames of racial division.”
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.
By Will Morrow, 17 March 2018
The bill will enable the prosecution of online platforms based on content posted by individual users.
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
12 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.
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.
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.
By Trévon Austin, 10 March 2018
The move sets a dangerous precedent that will be turned against left-wing news outlets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Will Morrow, 6 February 2018
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new measure would help “turn down the temperature” on “divisive national issues.”
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2018
Parry, who won journalism awards for exposing CIA crimes in Nicaragua, founded Consortiumnews.com after confronting the corporate media’s impediments to serious investigative journalism.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Johannes Stern, 10 January 2018
The German censorship law is part of a comprehensive global campaign to control the Internet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our correspondents, 22 November 2017
“It’s very important to organise the working class on an international basis.”
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 15 November 2017
The meeting outlined the political context in which the term “fake news” is used to justify censorship.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.