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Authoritarian Governments Try to Control Social Media Use

Filipinos tapped out text messages on their cellphones to mobilize protests against President Joseph Estrada. The effort mushroomed within hours into a "people power" revolution that forced Estrada to step down. That was 2001. Since then, technology has created increasingly powerful smartphones that can link to the internet, provide instant access to news and connect people through social media. In response, authorities in some countries are waging a battle to control what...

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