Social Media

Vietnam jails 3 activists for comments critical of state

Jan 31, 2018

A court in Hanoi has handed down jail term up to 8 years to three activists after finding them guilty of posting video clips on social media critical of the communist government

US teacher in trouble in Vietnam over offensive comments

Jan 31, 2018

Vietnamese authorities may fine an American teacher for making offensive comments about one of the country's most revered figures.

Thai student activist flees to avoid lese majeste charge

Jan 29, 2018

A student activist says in a Facebook post she fled Thailand after learning she had been charged with insulting the monarchy because she shared a BBC article about the country's new king

China tries to quell protests over failed investment scheme

Jan 24, 2018

Police in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing police say they have detained 11 people for setting up social media accounts to organize protests over the collapse of an investment scheme that took as much as $4.7 billion from depositors

Indonesia investigates online insults of Brunei's sultan

Jan 22, 2018

The Sultan of Brunei has made a complaint of defamation to the Indonesian police about an Instagram account that criticized the wealthy autocratic leader of Southeast Asia's smallest nation

Indonesia hard-line Muslims protest ban on Facebook accounts

Jan 12, 2018

Muslim hard-liners have protested in Indonesia's capital against Facebook's blocking of accounts belonging to their group

China's crackdown on Uighurs spreads to even mild critics

Dec 28, 2017

Chinese authorities have not only imposed a massive crackdown on Uighur activists in the far western region of Xinjiang, but also punished even moderate critics.

Bare-bottomed Americans arrested over Thai temple photo

Nov 29, 2017

Two Americans who maintained a social media account called "Traveling Butts" have been arrested in Thailand after posting a photo of themselves at a famous Buddhist temple with their rear ends exposed

China says ex-top internet regulator under investigation

Nov 22, 2017

China's former top internet regulator and censor is being investigated by the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption arm

Facebook knocks down Thai PM's claim of Zuckerberg meeting

Oct 19, 2017

Facebook says none of its top executives are coming to Thailand, two days after the country's military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month

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