How to Get Around Social Media Bans [Infographic]

Check out this handy guide to accessing social media in countries that censor the platforms.

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During times of unrest, nations such as Turkey, North Korea and Iran have enacted social media bans. Social networks allow for decentralized collaboration among protesters, and governments often try to cut the problem off at the source. A new infographic from WhoIsHostingThis looks at some of the ways to get around these bans.

China is probably the most notorious country when it comes to blocking websites and social sites — so notorious that its censorship system is called “The Great Firewall.” Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all been blocked since 2009, when protests from China’s Muslim minority turned into riots.

To get around the firewall, users could use Ultrasurf, a program developed by Chinese dissidents that allows access to blocked sites, or Freegate, which is an anti-censorship software. The other option is to live in Shanghai, where the Facebook ban has been lifted, but that may be a little impractical.

Turkey is the most recent government to try and put a stop to social media use. The ban on Twitter was lifted only two weeks after it was instated, but YouTube has been off limits since March 2014. The most effective way to get around the ban is to use proxy-enabled browsers and services, like Google Chrome, ZenMate and TunnelBear.

Check out the infographic below to see which countries are the most restrictive, and what to do if you find yourself unable to watch cat videos in Pakistan.


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