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Twitter May Selectively Censor Local Tweets Yet Permit Them Globally Twitter May Selectively Censor Local Tweets Yet Permit Them Globally
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Shortly after the start of the January 25 protests in Egypt last year, a movement where activists removed their sitting president and arguable lit the fuse for the Arab Spring that would burn throughout 2011, Twitter made an announcement: The …

SOPA Blackout: TorrentFreak ******s Its ******* In Protest SOPA Blackout: TorrentFreak ******s Its ******* In Protest
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TorrentFreak is joining the, well, torrent of websites that are blacking out in protest of SOPA today. While some, like Wikipedia and Reddit, are blacking out completely, many are showing their support in other ways. TorrentFreak, a site that specializes …

Facebook, Google Challenge India Prosecution Facebook, Google Challenge India Prosecution

Late last week we brought you news that the government of India had sanctioned prosecution of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others for their refusal to remove objectionable content from search and social networking sites. The High Court of India refused …

India Pursues Prosecution of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google India Pursues Prosecution of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google

The Indian government has initiated legal proceedings against a number of search, social networking, and technology companies. The government found sufficient cause to pursue prosecution of the companies for refusing to regulate offensive content. Ten of the 21 companies are …

[Exclusive] Google: Our position on China remains unchanged [Exclusive] Google: Our position on China remains unchanged
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A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, “Our position on China remains unchanged.” That’s just in case there was any confusion from the Wall Street Journal report “Google Softens Tone on China”. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since Google …

Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA
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Reddit announced that it will be blacking out its site for 12 hours on 01-18 from 8AM – 8PM EST. The Reddit Team says in a blog post: Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be …

No More World Wide Web in Iran? No More World Wide Web in Iran?

Iran may be in the process of switching off the Internet as we know it and switching over to an nationwide “intranet” that is controlled and approved by their cleric-run government. Farnaz Fassihi reported in the WallStreet Journal today that …

U.S. Gov’t Wants To Censor Twitter U.S. Gov’t Wants To Censor Twitter

EFF published an article earlier today detailing the U.S. government’s growing demand that Twitter shut down accounts that are affiliated with alleged terrorists. Citing several recent incidences in which government officials have pressured Twitter to censor tweets and accounts, EFF …

[Exclusive] Can Hackers Create a SOPA-Proof Internet? [Exclusive] Can Hackers Create a SOPA-Proof Internet?
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What’s the shortest distance between two points? If you said a straight line, then you just earned a self-high five. We here at WebProNews we have already given you a guide on how to navigate the post-SOPA Internet, but suppose …

MySpace Tom: Google Doesn’t Want Google+ To Become A Cesspool Like MySpace MySpace Tom: Google Doesn’t Want Google+ To Become A Cesspool Like MySpace

Tom Anderson, the guy who was everybody’s friend on MySpace (by default), has weighed in on the whole Google censoring profile photos discussion. He’s never had any trouble with his iconic profile pic. Said discussion began this week when tech …

China’s Great Firewall Begets Alternate Facebook, Twitter China’s Great Firewall Begets Alternate Facebook, Twitter

What’s a global superpower without a little home-grown social media sprinkled in the mix? In the United States and Western Europe, services like Facebook and Twitter are as common in household nomenclature as toilet paper and driveways. As China continues …

Scribd Previews Your Internet After SOPA Scribd Previews Your Internet After SOPA
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You have presumably heard that SOPA has drawn the ire of everybody. Really, it’s everybody. Everybody. More everybody. And, finally, everybody. The latest company to join the anti-SOPA movement is Scribd, the web’s largest publishing and reading site that claims …

Fight SOPA Censorship with Censorship! Fight SOPA Censorship with Censorship!

It’s clear the SOPA/PIPA hubbub has been a polarizing issue, one that stretches far beyond mere web chatter. Big name industry giants have thrown their hats into the ring very loudly and very clearly on both sides of the coin. …

Wikipedia Considering Blackout to Oppose SOPA Wikipedia Considering Blackout to Oppose SOPA
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While some members of the entertainment industry believe that without the help of SOPA, the future of content distribution is in doubt, other members of the tech industry have a different perspective. In fact, a number of tech giants are …

EU Wants to Give Human Rights Groups Anti-Censorship Tools EU Wants to Give Human Rights Groups Anti-Censorship Tools

The European Commission announced today that it was launching the No Disconnect Strategy. The project aims to ensure the rights and freedoms of those who live in countries where the flow of information is stifled by protecting the use of …

India Denies Pre-screening Censorship Allegations India Denies Pre-screening Censorship Allegations

Last week we brought you news that by Indian minister of telecommunications Kapil Sibal had been meeting with executives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo and asking them to pre-screen and remove content that his office regarded as offensive or …

US Brings Virtual Embassy to Iran; Iran Shuts it Down US Brings Virtual Embassy to Iran; Iran Shuts it Down
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In the midst of rising tensions between Iran and the West over the country’s suspected bid to obtain nuclear weapons, the US State Department launched a virtual embassy for Iran yesterday. The stated purpose of the site is to foster …

Facebook, Google Respond to India Censorship Requests Facebook, Google Respond to India Censorship Requests
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Yesterday we brought you news that Indian telecommunications minister Kapil Sibal was planning to meet with representatives of Google, Facebook, and others to ask that they screen content his office deemed objectionable, so that it could not be posted to …

Google, Facebook Asked to Screen User Content in India Google, Facebook Asked to Screen User Content in India
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In a disturbing move, the government of India has apparently reached out to representatives of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo in hopes of preventing certain kinds of material from being posted by users. The New York Times is reporting that …

What’s Facebook Have Against This Effin Town? What’s Facebook Have Against This Effin Town?
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Over the weekend, a story emerged about a woman, and small town in Ireland, and some odd Facebook censorship. Ann Marie Kennedy is incensed that Facebook will not allow her to list her hometown as Effin, Ireland. No, she isn’t …

Google Has Other Ideas Concerning Internet Censorship Google Has Other Ideas Concerning Internet Censorship
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As the buzz around the government’s attempt to govern the content of the Internet increased in volume, a number of tech companies increased their volume concerning their disapproval of how SOPA/PIPA goes about its business. The most notable of the …