It wasn't that long ago that Google pulled out of China because of the country's authoritarian demands and acts of censorship. Now reports are that the company that once said "do no evil" as their slogan, is developing a special Google browser for China that will allow the country to strictly control the flow of information online. So much for doing no evil.
The Chinese government made using a Virtual Private Network a crime this week. Microsoft and Apple moved quickly to remove any VPN software from their Chinese App Store. These companies have to obey the law in China if they want to do business there. So both are supporting the censorship, whereas Google still leaves things wide open.
China has banned live streaming services because it's becoming difficult for the government to censor the content of it. It was estimated last year that the live streaming industry is worth $9 billion.
Facebook has been keeping track of everything you type, including the stuff you chose not to post. The idea is to study member's "self censorship" and to learn more about them. Leo says that Facebook is also studying your pictures through "machine learning" to learn more about you so they can push more ads on you.