Apple removes VPN apps from the Chinese App Store on government orders

Today, Chinese iPhone users woke up to discover that censorship-defeating apps such as the Private Internet Access VPN app are no longer present in the Chinese Apple App store. The move comes after the Chinese government launched an inquiry into Apple’s App Store content back in April of 2017 – targeting several livestreaming sites. Recently, along … Continue reading “Apple removes VPN apps from the Chinese App Store on government orders”

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Russia drafts bill to ban VPNs and proxies; force search engines to remove search results

Russia will soon see a new bill before the Duma that aims to ban VPNs and proxies that do not comply with the Roskamnadzor, Russia’s online censorship machine. Though the bill is still largely under wraps, the draft bill has been seen by Vedomosti (link in Russian), a Russian news organization. This is the latest development in … Continue reading “Russia drafts bill to ban VPNs and proxies; force search engines to remove search results”

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Tired of people circumventing social media blocks, Turkey calls for VPN ban

As of a few hours ago, there’s a new VPN ban in Turkey. Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority has issued an order to Turkish Internet service providers (ISPs) telling them to institute a VPN ban. Many Turkish internet users were using VPNs to access social media platforms after Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube were blocked last … Continue reading “Tired of people circumventing social media blocks, Turkey calls for VPN ban”

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