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Accidental Racist: Twitter And YouTube React To Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Song Accidental Racist: Twitter And YouTube React To Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Song
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Brad Paisley, as you probably know by now, has a new song called “Accidental Racist,” which features LL Cool J. It’s getting a lot of media attention, and generating a lot of discussion in social media. Good luck trying to …

Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users
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Twitter is being sued in France for failing to disclose the identities of users wrapped up in an anti-Semitic hashtag controversy that has spanned five months. Here’s my attempt to make a long story short: Back in October of 2012, …

John McCain Jokes About Ahmadinejad, Monkeys, and Iran’s Space Program on Twitter, Tells Everyone to Lighten Up John McCain Jokes About Ahmadinejad, Monkeys, and Iran’s Space Program on Twitter, Tells Everyone to Lighten Up
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Arizona Senator and former Republican candidate for President John McCain thinks Twitter needs to lighten up and take a joke. After reports emerged that Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is prepared to be the first human sent into space by Iranian …

Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court
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Twitter is once again going to be forced to make a decision on how far they will go to protect the privacy rights of its users, thanks to a ruling made today by a French court. The court ruled that …

Gay Marriage Photo Yanked (then Restored) in Another Instance of Facebook’s Flawed Content Removal System at Work Gay Marriage Photo Yanked (then Restored) in Another Instance of Facebook’s Flawed Content Removal System at Work

Facebook is (once again) in the middle of a content removal drama – except this time is doesn’t have anything to do with breastfeeding, racy cartoons, art, exposed nipples, or racially charged posts. This time, the drama centers around a …

Facebook Must Remove Page Outing Sex Offenders, Says UK Judge Facebook Must Remove Page Outing Sex Offenders, Says UK Judge
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According to a UK High Court, Facebook is not allowed to host a page that publicly outs convicted sex offenders. A Judge has given Facebook 72 hours to remove a page called Keeping our kids safe from predators, which routinely …

#Unbonjuif: French Group Wants Twitter to Give Up Identities of Anti-Semitic Users #Unbonjuif: French Group Wants Twitter to Give Up Identities of Anti-Semitic Users
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A French anti-discrimination group is holding Twitter’s feet to the fire, demanding that the social media site reveal the identities of a handful of users who posted anti-Semitic tweets during the lifespan of a racial-charged trending hashtag back in October. …

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 …

Internet Deemed a Human Right in Another Sex Offender/Internet Ban Case Internet Deemed a Human Right in Another Sex Offender/Internet Ban Case
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There are those out there who believe that banning a criminal, no matter how serious the crime, from access to the internet is unconstitutional and borderline inhumane. That’s because they feel that the internet and reasonable access to it is …

Judge Rules Teen Molester Has a Right to Social Media, Do You Agree? Judge Rules Teen Molester Has a Right to Social Media, Do You Agree?
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Think about how often you use the internet. Seriously, just think about it for a second. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of people would severely underestimate their dependence. Sure, maybe you don’t really get on Facebook or …

Hot Dog! Look Who’s Back on Twitter (It’s Anthony Weiner) Hot Dog! Look Who’s Back on Twitter (It’s Anthony Weiner)

Back in June of 2011, and sitting U.S. Representative tweeted an inappropriate photo of his private area to thousands of followers. His name, as you probably recall, is Anthony Weiner. Weiner tweeted a pic of his wiener. The jokes wrote …

Twitter Pulls Anti-Semitic Tweets After Pressure from French Groups Twitter Pulls Anti-Semitic Tweets After Pressure from French Groups

Apparently, it’s censorship week at Twitter. Earlier this week, we told you that Twitter was under fire from French anti-discrimination groups over a series of unsavory tweets stemming from a particular hashtag. The groups accused Twitter of allowing a “competition …

Twitter Under Fire in France Over Anti-Semitic Hashtag Twitter Under Fire in France Over Anti-Semitic Hashtag
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If you know Twitter, you know that there are plenty of racist, discriminatory, and downright unsavory tweets floating around. When you give millions of people the ability to say whatever they want with a few flicks of their thumbs, it’s …

Congressional Candidate Posts Gun Photo to Facebook, Says “Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama,” Unsurprisingly Lands in Hot Water Congressional Candidate Posts Gun Photo to Facebook, Says “Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama,” Unsurprisingly Lands in Hot Water

A Republican candidate for U.S. Congress is on the defensive after a Facebook post he made on his campaign page. Brad Staats, who is running for Tennessee’s 5th congressional district, posted a photo of a handgun on Facebook page complete …

Missing Teen’s Cryptic Final Tweet Generates Concern, Controversy Missing Teen’s Cryptic Final Tweet Generates Concern, Controversy
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A New Jersey girl is still missing after a mysterious tweet suggesting foul play went viral late Sunday evening. 16-year-old Kara Alongi has been missing for over 12 hours following a 6 pm tweet that said “There is someone in …

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 …

Twitter Users Tweet the Word “Faggot” Over 200,000 Times a Week Twitter Users Tweet the Word “Faggot” Over 200,000 Times a Week
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In an effort to “put an end to casual homophobia,” the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Service at the University of Alberta has fashioned the NoHomophobes tracker, which logs every use of the word “faggot” and other gay slurs …

Teacher Accused of Posting Suggestive Photos of Minors on Reddit’s “Creepshots” Subreddit Teacher Accused of Posting Suggestive Photos of Minors on Reddit’s “Creepshots” Subreddit
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On a site that relies on user-submitted content, there’s bound to be some areas that the general public finds distasteful, perverted, or even criminal. When that site is reddit (which generated 3.4 billion pageviews last month), it’s a mathematical certainty. …

YouTube Blocked in Afghanistan Following Violence Tied to Anti-Muslim Video YouTube Blocked in Afghanistan Following Violence Tied to Anti-Muslim Video
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The government of Afghanistan has blocked YouTube following violent protests in Egypt and the killing of an American diplomat in Libya. “We have been told to shut down YouTube to the Afghan public until the video is taken down,” said …

Banned New Yorker Cartoon Provides the Most Ridiculous Example of Facebook’s Breast Phobia Yet [UPDATED] Banned New Yorker Cartoon Provides the Most Ridiculous Example of Facebook’s Breast Phobia Yet [UPDATED]

In a move that pays tribute to the Justice Department’s 2002 decision to throw drapes over the Spirit of Justice’s exposed aluminum breasts, Facebook temporarily banned the New Yorker‘s page for two black dots on a black-and-white cartoon. According to …

Apple Keeps Rejecting App That Notifies Users Every Time There’s a U.S. Drone Strike Apple Keeps Rejecting App That Notifies Users Every Time There’s a U.S. Drone Strike
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You wouldn’t think that there would be a problem with an app that aggregates news that’s currently publicly available on the web, but apparently there is. At least according to Apple. New York-based developers Josh Begley is befuddled. Why does …