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23 March 2016

Stories from 23 March 2016

Netizen Report: Congo Shuts Down All Communications on Election Day

Advox

Bahrain court slams social media satirist in absentia, circumvention tools take another hit in Russia, and Facebook is off the hate speech hook in Germany (at least for now).

#TrollCabal Redefines Trolling on Nigerian Twitter

#TrollCabal "provides a counter narrative that is non-violent and at the same time humorous," explains member Nwachukwu Egbunike.

BBC Says Russia's ‘Troll Factory’ Faked a Video Showing a US Soldier Shooting at a Quran

RuNet Echo

According to an investigative report by the BBC’s Russian-language service, the footage was actually staged by St. Petersburg’s infamous “troll factory,” the Agency for Internet Studies.

How Afghanistan's Politics of Ethnicity and Honour Play Out on Facebook

General Abdul Rashid Dostum and General Ata Mohammad Noor have much in common, but whether online or offline, they speak to different audiences.

The Hidden Cost of Signing Up for Internet in Spain: Your Sanity

The Bridge

Days of waiting for installation turn into weeks. You feel bitter. You feel powerless. You google the word “Kafkaesque”.

Nepotism Cases Sully Both Sides of the Political Aisle in Trinidad & Tobago

"In 2016, it is long past the time for independent and transparent systems of investigation and accountability."

Which Japanese Convenience Stores Attract the Most Insects? One Student Decided to Find Out

Japanese social media can't get enough of the middle schooler's science experiment. One photo of his results was retweeted more than 16,000 times.

Seen Southeast Asia From a Bird’s Eye? Try an Astronaut’s Lens

Southeast Asia’s capital cities are among the most photographed and famous destinations in the world. But what do they look like from space?

Yahoo Reports First Content Removal Requests from the Russian Government

RuNet EchoAdvox

This is the first time Yahoo has reported receiving Russian requests requests to remove user-generated content from services such as Flickr and Yahoo Groups.