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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
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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 …

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 …

Canada Money Controversy Surrounds “Racist” Image
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The governor of the Bank of Canada has apologized for and Asian-looking woman who appeared on an early design for the new Canadian $100 banknote. In a statement to the press, Governor Mark Carney said, “I apologize to those who …

Facebook Removes Page Targeting Australian Aborigines Facebook Removes Page Targeting Australian Aborigines

After protests, pressure from Australian officials, and an online petition, Facebook has taken down a page that targeted the country’s indigenous peoples, the Aborigines. The page, “Aboriginal Memes,” saw users post oftentimes discriminatory and racially spiked memes about the continent’s …

Drag Queens Sing Their Support for Chick-Fil-A Food
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When the Henson Company dumped Chick-Fil-A in support of gay marriage, it turned up the heat on the debate over gay rights in America. Culture war lines were drawn around chicken sandwiches while gay kiss-ins, Christian Chick-Fil-A appreciation days, and …

Controversy Makes Chick-fil-A One Of The Fastest Growing Brands On Facebook Controversy Makes Chick-fil-A One Of The Fastest Growing Brands On Facebook
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I probably don’t have to tell you that Chick-fil-A is at the center of a great deal of controversy these days, concerning its open views on gay marriage. These views have led to a seemingly endless debate among Chick-fil-A supporters, …

NBC Airs Racist or Unfortunately Timed Monkey Gymnast Promo After Gabby Douglas Wins Gold
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Deliberate racism? Unfortunate timing? Public overreaction? Simple FAIL? People are debating those questions this morning after a promo for the new NBC show Animal Practice ran immediately following Bob Costas’ lead out to Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas’ historic gold medal …

Swiss Athlete Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet Swiss Athlete Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet
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Another Olympian has been sent home from the London Games because of his inability to control his thumbs. Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was dismissed from the Olympics on Monday as the result of a tweet he posted after his …

Chick-fil-A’s PR Team May Have Pulled This Laughably Transparent Fake Facebook Account Stunt Chick-fil-A’s PR Team May Have Pulled This Laughably Transparent Fake Facebook Account Stunt
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Apparently, someone on Chick-fil-A’s PR team really sucks at PR, as this evidence suggests that someone is creating fake Facebook accounts to bolster their position in the midst of the company’s worst public image crisis ever. As you probably remember, …