China and North Korea regulate what you share. I know, because I used to sell an API that allowed you to pull data from Asian social media sites. I looked at their data firsthand.
Here are things that are censored on Asian social media sites:
1.) Anything about religion.
2.) Anything about politics. I periodically did searches on “Obama” or “chairman,” and would get no results.
3.) Puns pertaining to #1 or #2.
4.) Historical references to #1 or #2. Search for “Tienamen Square” return results about a tourism destination.
Thinking that data regulations like HIPAA and GDPR are akin to censorship is a logical leap. So you can think it. As someone who has seen and visualized Chinese social media data, I’m not sure how you can justify this inference.
This is why Facebook’s current data policy WOULD NOT pass GDPR:
“If consent is used as the lawful basis for processing, consent must be explicit for data collected and the purposes data is used for (Article 7; defined in Article 4). Consent for children must be given by the child’s parent or custodian, and verifiable (Article 8). Data controllers must be able to prove “consent” (opt-in) and consent may be withdrawn.”
Facebook’s current data consent policy assumes *implicit* consent. You are opted in, until you opt out. By law, we aren’t allowed to do this with email lists, and we should not be able to do this with social media lists either. Again, no idea why this is a controversial point.