Stats.com, a site that tracks data on global trends, published the results of its annual Internet censorship data series.
For the first time, it has included data from more than 1,000 global internet service providers.
The data shows the total number of censored sites across all regions of the world.
It also showed that over half of all websites have been blocked.
The most shocking findings?
The number of websites with “hidden” data, or that are inaccessible due to “unwanted” access, jumped by nearly 60% in the year ending February 2018.
The report shows that in the United States alone, the number of hidden sites jumped by 1,200% to 1,904, with many more hidden in the world than previously thought.
More: China’s censorship is getting worse, but the global picture is much brighter, said data analyst Chris Smedley.