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It’s Been a Good Year for Unnecessary Censorship [VIDEO] It’s Been a Good Year for Unnecessary Censorship [VIDEO]

Every week, Jimmy Kimmel pays tribute gives a giant f**k you to the FCC with his segment “This Week in Unnecessary Censorship.” A well-placed bleep and a pixellation can make even the most innocent phrases sounds absolutely filthy, as is …

You Can Now See All The Erroneous DMCA Takedown Requests Google Gets You Can Now See All The Erroneous DMCA Takedown Requests Google Gets

Google does a lot of work for copyright holders in the US. Under the DMCA, Google has to delete infringing links from its search results. It used to be not such a bad job, but now the search giant is …

Censoring The Internet Won’t Stop Terrorism Censoring The Internet Won’t Stop Terrorism
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Terrorists are on the Internet. It’s just a fact. Just like you and I, members of radical fringe groups use the Internet to communicate ideas and spread information. It’s hard to combat the message when it’s online due to the …

This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook

In the past, we’ve been pretty critical of Facebook’s breast phobia (and its policies relating to nudity and content removal in general). As you may know, Facebook mostly outsources its policing of content. This, coupled with the sheer volume of …

Google Products Blocked In China As Communist Party Selects Leaders Google Products Blocked In China As Communist Party Selects Leaders
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Google saw its services blocked in China on Friday. GreatFire.org, which monitors Chinese Internet censorship, says it’s the first time since it started tracking it back in February of last year, that this has happened. The block reportedly includes google.com, …

Egypt Bans Online Porn, Some Fear It Could Go Further Egypt Bans Online Porn, Some Fear It Could Go Further

Censorship is a tricky subject. It’s especially bad when said censorship is taking a place in a country without proper protections for free speech and expression. One of those countries is Egypt where the government has just banned online porn. …

Twitter Now Shows You When It’s Yanked a Tweet for DMCA Twitter Now Shows You When It’s Yanked a Tweet for DMCA

Twitter has just made a significant change in their privacy policy that they say will increase transparency across the site. Now, instead of removing tweets flagged with a DMCA copyright notice, they are simply “withholding” them. Twitter will normally respond …

Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Account in Germany, Marking First Use of Local Censorship Policy Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Account in Germany, Marking First Use of Local Censorship Policy
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As of right now, there are tweets floating around that everyone in the world can access except the residents of a single country – and it was Twitter’s doing. In a move of local censorship, Twitter has apparently blocked German …

Google Caves, Will Block Contested YouTube Video in Brazil Google Caves, Will Block Contested YouTube Video in Brazil
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After running out of appeal options, Google’s Director in Brazil Fabio Coelho has announced that Google will in fact block access to certain disputed videos in the country. Coelho had a pretty personal stake in the drama that played out …

India Calls on Facebook to Remove “Inflammatory” Content India Calls on Facebook to Remove “Inflammatory” Content

Another day, another call for Facebook to remove content. This time it comes from officials in India, who claim that content hosted on Facebook has led to a mass panic and exodus of tens of thousands of people from cities …

New York Times Debuts New Chinese Language Website New York Times Debuts New Chinese Language Website

One of the benefits to China being an emerging market in the world is that there is now the possibility to gain access to 1.6 billion new customers. The New York Times, with its lagging subscriber base, is trying to …

Miami Heat Owner Sues Google to Be Less Google-able Miami Heat Owner Sues Google to Be Less Google-able

paidContent reports that Ranaan Katz, a minority owner of the recently-crowned NBA champs Miami Heat, is suing Google because the search engine has refused to take down a photo of Katz that he isn’t particularly fond of. So what uncouth …

Nine-Year-Old Food Blogger Too Much To Handle For UK Council Nine-Year-Old Food Blogger Too Much To Handle For UK Council

UPDATE: Council head Roddy McCuish has told the BBC that he “instructed senior officials to lift the ban immediately.” Score one for duh. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Apparently, the one-girl truth squad known as 9-year-old Martha was too much to handle for …

Censored Blogger: “People Need to Know the Truth” Censored Blogger: “People Need to Know the Truth”
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For a man who’s been diagnosed with diabetes, you’d never guess that about Steven Cooksey. His life choices fly directly in the face of the American Diabetes Association’s recommendations for people living with the disease. He maintains a no-grain/low-carbohydrate diet, …

Diabetes Blogger Sues NC Agency for Censoring Site Diabetes Blogger Sues NC Agency for Censoring Site
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Dig, if you will, a picture: you’re a person with a remarkable story and you want to share it with others. This being 2012, the easiest and most effective way to share your message is through the very thing you’re …

China Begins Censoring Weibo Microblogging Service China Begins Censoring Weibo Microblogging Service

Weibo is China’s version of Twitter, and the microblogging service shares much in common with its Western counterpart. Weibo users anonymously report news and have been known to discuss topics often forbidden on the Chinese web. They even spread false …

Twitter Blocked By Pakistan’s Government Due To ‘Blasphemous Content’ Twitter Blocked By Pakistan’s Government Due To ‘Blasphemous Content’
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Social media has already proven that it’s one of the greatest bastions of free speech on the Internet. A lot of governments that don’t protect free speech hate social media because it’s so open. Countries like China block Twitter and …

Apple Stops Censoring “Jailbreak” From iTunes And The App Store Apple Stops Censoring “Jailbreak” From iTunes And The App Store

Yesterday we brought you news that Apple had suddenly begun censoring the word “jailbreak” in its various stores. Visitors to the App Store or the iTunes Store who searched for “jailbreak” saw it replaced with “j*******k.” That, as you may …

#OpIndia Is Anonymous’ New Campaign Against Internet Censorship #OpIndia Is Anonymous’ New Campaign Against Internet Censorship
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Anonymous is kind of like a global Batman that uses a computer instead of batarangs to fight what they perceive as injustice. They have started up operations in various countries like China, but their newest campaign is pretty ambitious – …

Matt Cutts Is Bummed Out by Iran’s Censorship Matt Cutts Is Bummed Out by Iran’s Censorship

The saga of Iran’s affront on an open internet acquired another chapter today as the government’s telecommunications ministry has prohibited telephone operators, insurance firms, and local banks from using foreign-hosted email services to communicate with clients. In effect, this bans …

Mozilla Slams Apple’s “Walled-Garden” Philosophy Mozilla Slams Apple’s “Walled-Garden” Philosophy
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Apple is undoubtedly good at what they do. They create products that appeal to a large audience and many people have said that products like the iPad make it easier for people to interact with technology. Mozilla says bollocks to …