Internet freedom has been an element of discussion for quite a few years now. Digitally aware people declaring that there’s no such thing as internet freedom and we are just a bunch of ignorant people embracing this myth to feel the independence in society, we couldn’t have in any other form. On the other hand, the fathers of the internet, the co-founders of mightiest social media platforms tell their public how they are the ONLY social networking site securing user privacy and independence.
The latest report on internet freedom has pretty much put things out and open for the world about the harsh reality of the falsely-used term ‘internet freedom.’
The report surprisingly or not-so-surprisingly proved that social media platforms are anything but free. With unscrupulous actions, privacy breaching, elections manipulation, hacking, and governments’ unethical surveillance; social media platforms adhere to the sabotage of freedom of users.
After reading more into this dense and complicated report we have identified some alarming statistics that we believe are equally important for our readers to know.
Countries Establishing Advance Social Media Surveillance Program to Sabotage Internet Freedom
2019 Freedom on the Net is a report by an “independent watchdog organization” Freedom House, which stated provided insights about countries that made the internet outraged.
According to the report, 40 out of 65 countries have established an advanced social media surveillance program in their countries. Which means that a large number of countries have been violating basic human and digital users’ rights.
The report further provides brief details about the countries that greatly lack in providing its citizens with internet freedom:
The country ranked first (obviously) was China. China has long been famous for providing its citizens with little to almost zero internet freedom. Along with China, Russia and Egypt were also named in the report as “not free” countries.
Along with calling out countries for their violation of digital rights, the report included some alarming numbers regarding the internet of freedom given to users around the world.
89% Internet Users are Being Surveillanced in the name of Internet Freedom – Writes 2019 Freedom on the Net:
I bet the percentage left secured are the trainees are trainers of the social media surveillance program.
Let me put another figure into consideration to let our readers realize how alarming this particular situation has become.
According to the report, In Iran around the 42,000-strong army of volunteers are available to monitor online speech.
And this is not all, even the largely progressive country; China has been surveilling over 200 million of its citizens.
This brings us to discuss the superpower that declares itself as ‘free’.
Is the United States Really, “FREE?”
Uhm, well, sorry to break this to you. But even the strongest and most powerful country in the world isn’t practicing social media user privacy to the fullest.
As the report claims, the Israeli cybersecurity company called Cellebrite, enables users to hack phones and grab even the most secure data.
The reports have a lot more information about the pseudo internet freedom that we social media users have been given. The report also puts forward the alarming situation existing in reality.
So after the major factors of this report, how safe do you feel on the internet?