For a long time, the seductive promise of the internet was of expanding horizons. Individual users would reach out, discovering new friends and new prospects. Nation would speak unto nation. That dream was not unfounded, but it was always an incomplete account, and the sceptics are increasingly being proved right. We are entering an age when what defines the internet may be not expansion but contraction; while the number of its users continues to grow, the imaginative and discursive space it offers is under threat. That space is constrained not only by tech firms’ decisions and customers’ choices, but by the diktat of governments.
Another preachy article decrying non-English-speaking nations for “draconian practices” from a newspaper known to delete comments and quietly remove past articles that run counter to the narrative they’re trying to impose on readers.
Censorship online is not a problem limited to nations, but to humanity. Power-hungry and insecure groups will seek to silence the voices of those who oppose them. The asininity witnessed on Twitter is a perfect example of this.The Guardian view on internet censorship: when access is denied | Editorial