These cases exemplify violations of artistic freedom originated in the digital space. The most discussed violations in digital space are related to art censorship exercised by various social media platforms which either remove content or block users for allegedly violating their community standards, failing to recognise that the censored content presents artistic expression. Female nudity and body positivity have been the most frequently targeted by social media algorithms.
Further, some countries have recently adopted different digital security laws under which they exercise strict control over the content published online, including on social media. Under these laws, different governmental bodies can request content removal by social media platforms, but also subject those who post content deemed problematic to legal prosecution. Different types of content can trigger criminal charges, varying from political commentaries to expressions deemed blasphemous, indecent, vulgar, etc.
The tighter governmental control over digital space has also been evident in the authorities’ efforts to police online streaming platforms. There is an ongoing trend of adopting policies which require major international film streaming platforms to register nationally and appoint persons to whom the authorities can file the complaints and request film censorship.