The World Map of Internet Censorship

ROFL 28-02-2014

Do you have access to social media? Political news? Well, congratulations — you’re obviously residing in a liberal country. It may not surprise you to hear that people from certain countries like China, North Korea, Indonesia and parts of Africa — to name a few — do not have access to have the privilege of accessing political and social media; blocked by their own government censors and firewalls.

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The World Map of Internet Censorship censorship map

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Related topics: BitTorrent, Infographic, Pornography.

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  1. davidwroxy
    March 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Why is Serbia darkened, but not mentioned in any category? Also, I lived there and have not noticed ANY internet censorship.

  2. Juan R
    March 9, 2014 at 3:09 am

    No torrent restriction on Argentina either...

  3. John Doe
    March 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    No restrictions in Greece either. Everything works just fine.

  4. Aibek E
    March 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

    The info provided for Asia doesn't seem to be correct. Most of the one-man-in-charge countries in central Asia have a fairly strong internet filtering options in place. The government opposition in those regions uses various means to bypass the restrictions in place. Coming from Kyrghyz Republic myself I can tell you that government doesn't impost any restrictions on the web usage.

  5. amonrei
    March 3, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Malaysia blocks porn too. Just not everything.

  6. Simon
    March 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Heh, this map will totally shift when the Trans Pacific Partnership hits the internet...

  7. cybrsage
    March 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Torrents are NOT illegal in the US. I can 100% legally torrent the King James version of the Bible, for example. What is NOT legal is using a torrent to violate copyright laws or child porn laws or such. The torrent itself is NOT illegal.

    With such an obvious and blatant error in their listing, I have to wonder what other major things they messed up on and all their data becomes suspect.

  8. John
    March 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Are the restrictions statutory and not necessarily enforced?

  9. Lucius
    March 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Peru don't have restrictions of torrent ... are you mad? this legend have many errors.
    For the otherhand the name of the country it is "Ecuador"

  10. Saffat Bokul
    March 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    False information. I live in bangladesh and there is no restrictions on torrent -_- Do your homework before publishing anything

  11. theo999
    March 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Not that wrong, but yes, in some countries, restriction are very strict. I'm an Indonesian, and the (pick, ISP or Goverment) is dumb enough to let proxies and Google DNS stop the screening

  12. leoxanigm
    March 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Would you mind correcting the information. You got it wrong. Social media and torrents are not blocked in Ethiopia.

  13. Gianna Marie L
    March 1, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Torrents here in Philippines isn't restricted..

  14. Ayham A
    March 1, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Some wrong data: here in Syria they restrict everything but pornography :D
    BTW Wikipedia is blocked.

  15. Ahmad Jms
    February 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    NO restriction on Pornography and Torrent in Jordan ... I download porn via torrent :D

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2015 at 2:22 am


  16. Igor I
    February 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Serbia is colored in black, but not mentioned in any category.

  17. Emmanuel F.
    February 28, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    If you heard of Blue Coat Systems, then be surprised of how many Blue Coat SG proxy servers deployed around the world by government agencies and ISP's for censorship and meta data collecting. I own a Blue Coat SG800-1 for my personal Web hosting project and found out that it can interpret Web communications. It has the ability to intercept and decrypt https SSL encryption if the server is deployed inside of a ISP or Forgein Intelligences Agency or enterprise. I found out that the NSA is contracted to Blue Coat Systems and they are using the Blue Coat SG proxy servers based on the X-Blue Coat header in one of Edward Snowdens leaked slides for the Xkeyscore surveillance program that is similar to the PRISM spy program. The map in the article you see is most likely is using Blue Coat Systems SG web proxies and PacketShaper products if I'm not mistaken.

  18. mk123
    February 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    no restrictions at all in macedonia and you have written it wrong

  19. Ricardo
    February 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    No torrent restriction at all in Venezuela. I do it every day!

  20. And.
    February 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Venezuela is starting to censor political media, social media (they completely blocked twitter for a couple of days some weeks ago).

  21. Ignacio Agulló
    February 28, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Sources are unavailable. The maps authors are unknown, as are the guidelines followed to make hem. I suggest renaming this news as "Beautiful maps done by anybody following any guidelines".

  22. Al
    February 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Pornography isn't restricted in the UK at all. The Prime Minister tried to make it so that ISPs wouldn't have it immediately available so that people would have to 'opt in' to porn with their internet service provider. Basically, it's blocked by some ISPs by default (partly as child safety and partly because the PM wanted to fully block it but knew that wouldn't work so he had to shame people into not watching it instead), but you can ask them to unblock it. For most ISPs, they said they wouldn't block it by default, because they obviously recognised that it was psychologically cruel to make people phone up and ask for porn.

  23. Andrew Mckay
    February 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    very poor map and information . South Africa has full access to pornogrpahy and has had for close to 20 years. When I see that is blatantly wrong there is no ways you can trust any of the information

  24. Prasad H
    February 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    torrent not restricted in india . ryt now m using torrents

    • Dhaval Shah
      March 27, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I download a lot of things from torrents. there no restrict on social media or political media. In fact a lot of our top politicians are using social media effectively for political campaign. Haven't you heard of Mr. Narendra Modi

  25. K
    February 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Worth noting that UK ISPs have been restricting torrent and streaming movie sites for some time now.

    There is also a UK mobile network (the only one so far) that restricts access to adult material unless you supply your passport details. They've banned VPN access too.

  26. VomBa
    February 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Tunisia has no restriction at all ! and specially on torrent we never had torrent restricted here... fix your map...

  27. S.S.
    February 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    There is no restriction on torrents and pornography in South Africa.

  28. Saad B.
    February 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    False information.
    I live in Morocco, and there are NO restrictions whatsoever.

  29. Potatoe
    February 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    No restrict torrent in Portugal aswell. No restrictions at all

  30. Eric J
    February 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    torrent restriction is not enforced in Philippines.

  31. W.S.
    February 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Actually Taiwan does not restrict torrent. It works perfectly normal.

  32. asd
    February 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Oh sure, people from Sun once showed how Google filters results by US gov requests, so it's zone is grayat least

  33. kihara
    February 28, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Great information, very well presented!

  34. Kevin M
    February 28, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Care to clarify the definition when you say "only restrict torrents"? The claim is they are restricted in the USA and I can tell you without question they are not. I know some ISP's that have tried to block them and still do in some cases, but country wide they are not blocked.

    • Herp Derp
      March 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      The whole article is nonsense. I'm all for freedom of information, but I'm also somewhat against patently wrong idiotic gibberish, so this kind of thing doesn't really impress me. Did the creators of this think that the clear falsehoods wouldn't be noticed? Did they not realize that the people reading this article would be internet users who are probably from one of the countries listed?

      Speaking of censorship, I really like how every comment I post on this site requires an email address and has to wait for moderator approval.