Asian Countries Trying to Tighten Control on Internet Companies
Asian countries including Turkey, Pakistan, and Russia are trying to tighten their control on foreign based internet companies. American companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google will have to obey rules and regulations of personal data law issued by Asian countries. Russia’s new personal data law wants internet companies to store data about Russian users inside the country, where it will be easier for the national government to access it. Government censorship of internet is a controversial subject all over the globe especially in Asian continent. As the new laws regarding internet censorship are enacted, challenges for social media outlets will increase. It is doubtful that whether any company will comply with the new law of Russian Government and it will probably lead into a tough encounter between multinational tycoons and the state. Russian internet regulator’s demand of removing Facebook page promoting anti government protest created outrage among social media users.
Controversial and Sensitive Issue
Turkish Government had tried to stop the dissemination of leaked documents and radio recordings on Twitter. As Twitter posts implicated officials in a corruption scandal, the infuriated Turkish authorities ordered shutdown of Twitter. It is a well known fact that government agencies all over the world are pursuing all possible avenues to control the internet as they fear that it is a highly inflammable weapon which will pose a dangerous threat to their vested interests. YouTube videos and prominent social media channels are blocked in some south Asian countries. Privacy regulators want Google to delete links from search results on the non European versions of its service. According to Twitter officials, there are more and more requests for removal of information from different parts of world. Global internet organizations are very keen on pushing back unlawful and outdated requests from government authorities.
Is it a Heinous Move to Clip Wings of Freedom of Expression?
Twitter users change location listed on their profile to evade specific blocks that are applicable in a particular geographical territory. “We have a bias in favor of people’s right to free expression. We are driven by a belief that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual”, Google explains their version about internet freedom. Facebook and Twitter are basically blocked in China, one of Asia’s most developed countries. Risks of raids and retaliatory measures discourage many global companies from opening their offices in prominent Asian countries.