04 Jun 2021

Hong Kong police seal off park, issue jail threats ahead of banned Tiananmen vigil

Friday is the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. China has placed 7,000 officers on standby and has locked down Hong Kong’s Victoria Park where the candlelight vigil drew tens of thousands of people for decades. China’s authorities are attempting to put an end to the vigil

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19 May 2021

Amazon extends ban on police using Rekognition facial recognition technology, no end in sight

Amazon has decided to extend its ban on US law enforcement usage of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology solution, until further notice. The initial ban on US police usage of the technology was set to expire next month. The ban was initially enacted due to the unethical use of facial

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26 Mar 2021

Coronavirus: EU stops short of vaccine export ban

After a row with AstraZeneca, the European Union leaders have not banned vaccine exports. The AstraZeneca vaccine has elements produced in EU states and the European Commision President said AstraZeneca must “catch up” on deliveries to the EU. At a summit on Thursday the EU gave support in principle for

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15 Jan 2021

Mexican president mounts campaign against social media bans

On Thursday, Mexico’s president vowed to lead an international effort to combat social media companies that have blocked or suspended the accounts belonging to U.S. President Donal Trump. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador considered the move to block President Trump censorship, and moved to create a common front among international

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07 Jan 2021

Trump blocked by Twitter and Facebook

Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook temporarily banned US President Donald Trump from their platforms for roughly 12 hours beginning yesterday evening due to violations of their Civic Integrity policy. Twitter has been cracking down on the spread of fake news since earlier this year, in preparation for the 2020

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30 Nov 2020

UK bans installation of new Huawei 5G equipment from September

The UK government has reportedly released an update on their plans to phase out Huawei technology by 2027, now introducing a ban on the installation of new Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021. The decision follows plans announced in July declaring that UK firms will be barred from purchasing new

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13 Nov 2020

Huawei Wins Stay Against Exclusion From Sweden 5G

Sweden has delayed its decision to ban all Huawei equipment from the country’s development of 5G capabilities while it reconsiders the merits of the case against the powerful Chinese telecoms company. The ruling was made by the Stockholm administrative court just one day before an auction of 5G network frequencies

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18 Sep 2020

US Commerce Department to ban TikTok and WeChat downloads starting Sept. 20

Today, the US Commerce Department announced that, in line with President Trump’s executive order, all downloads of WeChat and TikTok will be banned beginning on Sunday. President Trump previously signed two executive orders against the Chinese-owned social media platforms in early August, claiming that the apps posed a threat to

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03 Jan 2020

TikTok Banned By U.S. Army Over China Security Concerns

Amid worries over the security threat, the popular app TikTok poses to the United States, the US has banned US Army officials from using the app. TikTok is currently under scrutiny for its close relationship with the Chinese government, and backlash has caused the US government to reconsider its employees’

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