Censorship

Trump retweets claim that Big Tech censorship of conservatives is "fascism"

President Trump on Sunday evening retweeted a claim from user @TheRightMelissa that Big Tech companies like Twitter are "colluding with Democrats" to censor conservative content, which she alleged amounts to "fascism."

"For the few conservatives they have left on, twitter is engaged in shadow banning of conservative content. For example twitter has made it such that my followers will not see my tweets in trending topics. Big Tech is colluding with Democrats to shut down opposition. Fascism"
@TheRightMelissa

Chinese authorities censor Washington Post, Guardian websites

 in front of a fake tank on the Place de la Republique square in Paris to mark the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown in China
A member of a French NGO stands in front of a fake tank on the Place de la Republique square in Paris to mark the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown in China. Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The Washington Post and The Guardian websites appear to have been added to China's "Great Firewall" blacklist, blocking internet users from visiting two of the last English-language media outlets accessible from the mainland without a VPN, the Post reports.

The big picture: The Chinese government, which blocks more than 10,000 web domains, escalated its censorship efforts in the weeks leading up to the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, preventing WeChat users from using keywords or posting pictures related to the incident, the Post reports. It's not yet clear whether bans on the Post and other outlets that wrote stories about the anniversary will be permanent.

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