All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘censorship’

Google May Face Full Pakistan Block Over “Blasphemous” Materials

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 sharing site. And in order to ensure that happens, the new minister is making a sort of blanket threat against …

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Is Facebook Getting ‘Freedom Of Expression’ Right?

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, have had enough. The aforementioned groups wrote an open letter to Facebook about the issue, and Facebook responded this week, …

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Is Google Censoring Users Too Heavily?

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 swearing. In other words, Google Glass will not let you say whatever you want, and if this is really the …

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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 announced that its prepaid customers can tweet away – for free. “Data charges for accessing Twitter have been made ZERO …

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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 users. Various petitions were immediately started, including some at Change.org. One of them is already nearing 130,000 supporters. There seems …

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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 more specific tags like #dick, #ass, or #boobs? Yep, out of luck. But there were still a few workarounds. Mainly, …

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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 tags. Oddly enough, you can still search for the #NSFW tag. Also available are more specific tags that contain plenty …

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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 evidenced by the bit. And now that 2012 is winding down, Kimmel has just released the year-end wrap up of …

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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 receiving over 12 million requests per month. All of those requests can’t be legitimate, right? A new tool from Google …

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Censoring The Internet Won’t Stop Terrorism

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 nature of the Internet, but some countries have proposed methods that outright censor anything that remotely looks like terrorism. A …

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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 content being uploaded to the site on a daily basis, makes for a flawed process that leads to plenty of …

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Google Products Blocked In China As Communist Party Selects Leaders

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, mail.google.com, google-analytics.com, docs.google.com, drive.google.com, maps.google.com, play.google.com at least. Users can reportedly still access other country versions, such as google.co.uk. “The …

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