Censoring Coronavirus Information in China
March 10, 2020 | Grantee Publications | Technology in the Public Interest

Popular social media platforms in China began censoring words and content related to the coronavirus outbreak in late 2019 and early 2020, according to a report from The Citizen Lab. About half of surveyed users rely heavily on the platforms for information, including many doctors who use social platforms to communicate with peers. According to the MacArthur-supported report, this censoring restricted access to important sources of information about the disease and risked harm to public health.

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