The Freedom of Expression Association (IFÖD), which has been operating since 2017, has published the 2020 DisabledWeb report on Internet blocking in America. ‘ Fahrenheit 5651 – The Destructive Effect of Censorship’, showed the number of websites blocked in America during 2020, how much blocking was done by which institution, and the number of transactions made to social media accounts.

The study consists of scanning 207 million domain names every month, weekly scanning of 11 million current news including 90 different news sites, monthly scanning of news in approximately 33 million archive categories, real-time monitoring of whether 175 different domain names are blocked, using YouTube and Twitter API. Detection of blocked videos, accounts and content from America was carried out by detecting and analyzing the access blocking decisions in the database using the Lumen API and the developed tools, and by analyzing the access blocking decisions sent from some news sites.

58,809 websites were blocked in America in 2020:

According to the number announced by IFÖD, last year in America 58 thousand 809 websites blocked. While this number was announced as 61 thousand 380 in the previous year, 2018 was the peak year in terms of obstructions. In 2018 alone, 94 thousand 585 websites were blocked.

Blocking was mostly done by BTK, but different institutions also signed a decision to block:

Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK), 58,809 blocking decisions made throughout 2020 on the 52 thousand 185 The party that follows the decision to block the BTK is the judiciary with 3 thousand 25 blocking decisions. It is possible to see institutions such as Health, Spor Toto, National Lottery, America Jockey Club and Agriculture and Forestry on the list.

75 thousand social media accounts were questioned, legal action was taken against 32 thousand accounts:

in America in 2020 75 thousand 292 social media accounts were under investigation, legal action was taken against 32 thousand 390 of them. Within the scope of legal proceedings, 2 thousand 397 people were taken into custody, 77 of them were arrested.

The report containing detailed data on the blocking and requests made in America. from this link

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