Economic losses amounted to nearly $1bn (£810m) in India alone, in addition to $465m (£379m) in Saudia Arabia, $320m (£261m) in Morocco, $209m (£170m) in Iraq and several tens of millions in Pakistan, Syria and Turkey.
While governments sometimes shut down the internet altogether, in other cases specific apps are targeted.
The research showed that WhatsApp faced more restrictions than any other messaging service, with 12 of 65 surveyed countries blocking the app.
10 Times Chinese censorship failed
The Chinese government censors dozens of search terms ahead of the anniversary of Tiananmen Square on June 4.
As the government puts an enormous amount of effort into erasing the massacre from its history books, words such as "candle" and "commemorate" have been blocked from search results.
As a way around this, in 2013 dissidents came up with a creative way of remembering the massacre - by replacing the tanks with enormous ducks.
In the photoshopped image, taken from the iconic 1989 picture, a single man stands alone in front of a row of ducks instead of tanks.
Censors have also blocked the term 'June 4', leading some to refer to the May 35 instead.
Similar to the duck meme, this image also shows the iconic Tiananmen Square picture of the anonymous "Tank Man", but this time dissidents have replaced him and the military vehicles with children's Lego in a bid to get around censors.
3Journalists ‘manhandled’ by police outside courthouse
Shortly after CNN journalist David McKenzie began reporting on the case, he was immediately confronted by authorities.
McKenzie told the authorities that it was a public street after one of the guards grabbed him and began yelling.
The situation escalated quickly, and the guards began pushing the reporter and tried to obstruct the cameras. Police did this with such force that one of the cameras broke.
The reporter was wrestled to the ground, thrown into the back of a van and dumped onto a street corner far off from the court house — all of which was caught on tape.
“They’re physically manhandling me. This is a public space, I am allowed to report,” he said, as police tried to corral him. Other journalists, including Sky News’ Mark Stone and BBC’s Martin Patience, were also reportedly “manhandled” while attempting to report at the trial.
4Umbrella Revolution' tag escapes China's censors
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Umbrellas became the symbol of the Hong Kong movement after tens of thousands of protesters used them to shield themselves from pepper spray and tear gas fired by police in September 2014.
It was dubbed the 'Umbrella Revolution' and Chinese authorities failed to censor the term being shared online in the days following protest.
One month later and thousands of demonstrators opened their umbrellas in Hong Kong as a mark of solidarity.
5Sky News reporter silenced outside Chinese courthouse
During a shocking report shown on Sky News, Beijing correspondent Katie Stallard was pushed away from the courthouse by groups of men with masks covering their mouths.
The journalist tells these men that she is “completely legitimately allowed to be here”, adding: “In China they don’t want the rest of the world to see.”
Members of the public were also being dealt with “very violently”.
The footage was broadcast worldwide and many other international journalists said they received the same treatment. The BBC’s John Sundworth was also caught on camera being pushed away from the courthouse, as men tried to cover cameras with their hands in a bid to prevent recording of the incidents.
6China bans 'erotic' live streams of people eating bananas
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Live-streaming services in China banned people filming themselves eating bananas erotically last month.
The move was the latest attempt from authorities to clamp down on "inappropriate and erotic" online content.
The nature of live-streaming makes it difficult for web hosts to monitor content.
Some people are baffled as to how the banana rules will be enforced, with others questioning what is deemed provocative. Cucumbers have been suggested as an alternative snack for hungry live-streamers.
7The Queen caught on camera calling Chinese officials 'very rude'
Queen Elizabeth II was caught on camera describing Chinese officials as "very rude" during a conversation with Metropolitan Police Commander Lucy D'Orsi at Buckingham Palace.
The British monarch was overheard in May 2016 saying that Chinese officials were "very rude to the ambassador" during last year's state visit by President Xi Jinping.
News items referring to the incident were either blacked out or replaced by other footage across China, but that did not stop news outlets from around the world airing the clip.
Despite the tape being described as tame, pornography is banned in the Communist state and the video soon became a viral sensation.
Censors quickly tried to erase search terms from the internet but web users just became more curious about who the two people were.
People continued to circulate the video on WeChat, a chat app with nearly 700 million users and the video's popularity saw the stock price of Qumei Furniture Group, whose chair featured in the clip, soar by 10%.
9German chair of human rights committee banned from China
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In May 2016, the chair of Germany's human rights committee, Michael Brand, was banned from China after he refused to take down comments about Tibet from his website.
Brand said that the Chinese ambassador had tried to put "massive pressure" on him to delete comments. He said that "self-censorship is out of the question", Deutsche Welle reports.
He asked the German Foreign Minister to issue a "clear response to this unspeakable action of an accredited ambassador in Germany."
10China bans Hollywood stars for supporting an independent Tibet
Harrison Ford is among a range of Hollywood stars banned from China due to his support to Free Tibet.
Brad Pitt, Martin Scorsese and Richard Gere have also been banned from China for supporting the Dalai Lama and Tibetan independence.