Central Asia seeks to restrict social media
MOSCOW - For about an hour last week, people in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan got a taste of life without social media.
The messaging app Telegram, especially popular in former Soviet republics, was blocked along with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and others on Wednesday over a new law demanding local storage of data.
Social media users were furious, and the government quickly backtracked. In a message posted, fittingly on Telegram, the president's spokesman said the actions of the country's Internet regulator were "ill thought out." Access to social networks was soon restored...