Toronto, March 3, 2020 — A new report by researchers at the Munk School’s Citizen Lab reveals that keywords related to the coronavirus have been censored on two popular Chinese social media applications since the early days of the outbreak. The analysis of YY and WeChat indicates broad censorship — blocking sensitive terms as well as general information and neutral references — potentially limiting the public’s ability to access information that may be essential to their health and safety.

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