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Should Google Be Forced To Filter Search Results? Should Google Be Forced To Filter Search Results?
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There are a lot of people out there with things in their past that they’re not proud of. Sometimes those things make there way to the Internet and do a great deal of damage to their reputation. This stuff comes …

Cubans Using Thumb Drives to Exchange Information

Citizens of the Republic of Cuba remain mostly disconnected from the internet in the communist country, though have been inventive in finding ways to access and exchange information online. The Republic of Cuba, along with China, Laos and Vietnam, is …

Former Formula One Head Wants Google To Remove Results Showcasing Infamous Orgy Former Formula One Head Wants Google To Remove Results Showcasing Infamous Orgy
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Google went to court in France on Wednesday because of a suit filed by Max Mosley, former head of Formula One racing. The battle is similar to others Google has fought in the past. There is undesirable content about Mosley …

Google May Face Full Pakistan Block Over “Blasphemous” Materials Google May Face Full Pakistan Block Over “Blasphemous” Materials
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Pakistan’s new IT and telecommunications minister has a problem. She wants to end to longstanding ban on Google’s YouTube, but she also needs assurances that Google will work to block “blasphemous and objectionable” materials from the world’s most popular video …

Is Facebook Getting ‘Freedom Of Expression’ Right? Is Facebook Getting ‘Freedom Of Expression’ Right?
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Facebook has recently taken some heat over its approach to content on the social network that depicts, glorifies and/or trivializes violence against women. Groups like Women, Action and The Media, The Everyday Sexism Project, and no doubt countless other individuals, …

Is Google Censoring Users Too Heavily? Is Google Censoring Users Too Heavily?
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Now that the chosen few have had time to play around for Google Glass for a bit, many are noticing some unexpected restrictions. Specifically, the voice-to-text system, which is the primary way to interact with the device, does not accept …

Pakistan’s Mobiilink Offers Free Tweeting to Its Customers Pakistan’s Mobiilink Offers Free Tweeting to Its Customers

Whenever a country that has a history of internet censorship gains better access to one of the internet’s most important tools, it’s big news. And that’s exactly what has happened today. Starting today, Pakistan’s largest provider of cellular services has …

Change.org: It’s Not Just Bloggers And Techies Who Will Miss Google Reader Change.org: It’s Not Just Bloggers And Techies Who Will Miss Google Reader

It didn’t take long after Google announced that it is killing off Google Reader to realize how much the product will be missed by quite a few people. Even the alternatives are having trouble keeping up with the demand from …

Vine Says Bye to Porn with Full Block of NSFW Tags, Removal of the “All Videos” Browsing Option Vine Says Bye to Porn with Full Block of NSFW Tags, Removal of the “All Videos” Browsing Option

Vine, Twitter’s hot new 6-second video app with a porn problem, no longer really has a porn problem. Yesterday afternoon, Vine began to block certain porn-related tag searches. Trying to search for #porn? Sorry, you’re out of luck. What about …

Vine Starts Censoring Porn-Related Tag Searches Vine Starts Censoring Porn-Related Tag Searches

In a move that’s hard to say wasn’t expected, Twitter’s new six-second video sharing app Vine has begun to filter out some porn-related searches. No longer can you search for the tags #porn, #boobs, #dick, #sex and many other NSFW …

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 …