The Internet is becoming a necessity of people around the world. In the beginning, we were free to do anything in cyberspace but, as time goes by people are misbehaving and stepping on the rights of other people. Now, legislators and leaders around the world are passing bills in order to control their citizens use of the internet. So, here are some of the weirdest laws around the world about the internet.
1. FACEBOOK IS NOT ALLOWED IN CHINA
Yes, you heard it right. Facebook, Google, YouTube and a lot more websites are banned in China. Can you imagine yourself not using Twitter or Facebook in a day? Please don’t hate China for this. It’s because they have their own social media platform wherein they can still chat and share videos and images to each other. If you are familiar with Wechat and QQ, this is the social media platform of China. It is the only social media accounts that are allowed in the country. So, don’t be surprised that if you visit China, you can’t access your Facebook or Twitter accounts. China isn’t the only country blocking Facebook, here are some others.
2. IT IS ILLEGAL IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE TO POST/SEND “DISTRESSING” IMAGES USING THE INTERNET
While this may not be so weird on the surface, but the construction of the law is what makes it weirder. Nowadays, with cyberbullying and stalking this may not seem like such a bad a idea. However it’s more than a little vague and nevermind the overreach. Under the law if post something to “frighten, intimidate, or cause emotional distress” you could face over $2000 in fines and a year in jail. First if it is posted on a public forum it is visible to the entire world and it doesn’t matter if the person who saw the images was a target or the uploader had any ill intentions when posting it.
3. IT IS ILLEGAL TO OWN AN “UNREGISTERED” MODEM IN BURMA
I don’t know if this is good or not. Registered modems mean that the government is controlling the information you get to see on the internet. So, the right of privacy for the people in Burma is violated. So if you are planning on visiting Burma, assume that every message you send or receive is being read by some member of the government.
4. IN UXBRIDGE, ONTARIO IT’S ILLEGAL TO HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION FASTER THAN 56K!
If I lived in this place, I would become a rebel. How can you visit your favorite sites with 56k internet connection speed? It’s very funny to think that the town is requiring a speed slower than an old dial-up connection. Some how I think there may be plenty of law breakers in Uxbridge!
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