UPDATE: Secretive Whitehall units have been monitoring government critics’ speech online – including MPs, academics, journalists, human rights campaigners and the public – under the guise of combatting ‘misinformation’.
Our report, Ministry of Truth: the secretive government units spying on your speech, reveals for the first time the truth behind the government’s five anti-fake news units. It is vital that we demand the Government to shut down these truth units now.
Internet and social media companies are the public squares of the modern-day. But our online public spheres are at risk
The Government has published a censor’s charter, the Online Safety Bill. It seeks to regulate social media companies by forcing them to monitor and censor social networks more than ever
This Bill is disastrous for privacy rights and free expression online. The latest Government plans involve:
a new clause that gives state-backing to Big Tech’s censorious terms and conditions
forcing tech companies to scan private conversations by undermining encryption, the technology that safeguards privacy
monitoring all online communication risking censorship of marginalised voices and controversial opinions
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Last year we published a report exposing the scale of Big Tech censorship and warning against the Government's Online Safety Bill. The report maps the impact of Big Tech’s corporatisation of speech standards and the Government’s disastrous plans for curbing online expression even more.
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