Surfshark

Where has social media been restricted?

Currently restricting the access
Restricted access in the past
No evidence
61 out of 196 analyzed countries and territories have disrupted social media or voice over IP apps, affecting more than 70% of the global population.
Most of the long-term social media or VoIP censorship cases have been registered in Asia. 76% of countries currently restricting services are located in Asia.

How many people have been affected?

The words “social media restriction” don’t translate well the scope of their effects. That’s why it’s important to know how many people are affected by it. This chart shows just how many users have suffered or still suffer social media restrictions.

Facebook is the most censored social media platform. 46% of the global population has been affected by government-imposed Facebook disruptions.
Whatsapp is the most censored voice over IP (VoIP) app. 42% of the global population has been affected by government-imposed Whatsapp disruptions.

Why was social media restricted?

This bar chart ranks the reasons for social media restriction by frequency, showing you why governments undertake these drastic measures to limit online freedom.

Facebook is the most feared platform by the government in the case of protests. Out of 37 registered cases related to protests, Facebook was disrupted 31 times.
Telegram and Whatsapp are often permanently restricted due to internet laws that make VoIP services illegal.

When was social media restricted?

This chart shows the instances of the restrictions of social media in six-month increments.

Over the last 5 years, at least 51 governments have imposed social media censorship over their citizens. On average, 13 countries each year.
10 countries have already done that in 2022 so far, which is less than the 5-year average. Suggesting that this year fewer countries than the 5-year average might restrict access to social media in order to control the spread of information.