Nearly 90% of the world’s internet users are being monitored

A new report claims, surprise, social media isn’t really that free. Instead, it’s full of bad faith actors manipulating elections and government officials surveilling users. 

The report, 2019 Freedom on the Net, comes from “independent watchdog organization” Freedom House. And after reading the whole thing (PDF), that still feels like it’s underplaying the growing tire fire that is social media. 

While the ongoing efforts to interfere with elections are a huge concern, the breadth of surveillance is just as disturbingAccording to the report, 40 of 65 countries it studied (about 62 percent) “have instituted advanced social media surveillance programs.”   Read more…

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