Censorship Makes Social Media Abroad Not So Social

If you’re hanging out in China or the United Arab Emirates think twice before viciously subtweeting your ex, throwing shade at that Facebook fuccboi, or even sexting the eggplant emoji – you will get into trouble. Censorship is running rampant overseas and people can’t even take to the Internet to rant about how fucked up it is anymore.

A couple days ago news broke that the Chinese government is planning on blocking a list of 25 swear words on Weibo (a popular social media platform similar to Twitter) and other sites. The list ranges from cusses like ‘your mom’ to ‘fuck.’ Kiss yo mama jokes goodbye China.

This isn’t the first time Chinese officials have stepped all over freedom of speech on the Internet. Sites like Facebook, Instagram and Youtube are all off-limits to the 1.4 billion people that live there. At least that doesn’t include MySpace, but even that has filters that keep users from discussing certain topics.

As for the UAE, going off on anyone via text isn’t okay anymore. The authorities passed a brand new Cybercrime Law, which entails that those caught sending insulting messages to anyone can be arrested, fined up to $68,000 or even deported depending on if they’re citizens or visitors.

These communication limitations don’t only affect words, but emojis too. Officials have stated that if they are deemed too offensive or threatening then they are subjected to the same restrictions. That means that sending the chicken or eggplant emojis instead of that naughty four-letter word is now a no-no. Guess we’re gonna have to get more creative. Corn emojis, anyone?

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