All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Controversy’

Internet Deemed a Human Right in Another Sex Offender/Internet Ban Case

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 necessary to function in our modern society. So integral to our daily lives, in fact, that it has risen to …

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Judge Rules Teen Molester Has a Right to Social Media, Do You Agree?

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 Twitter all that often. Maybe you’re not an online gamer. But when’s the last time you sent an email? Looked …

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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 themselves – it was just too easy. Like most people caught in an incredibly embarrassing, possibly career-ending mess, Weiner lied …

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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 of anti-semitic jokes” to exist on the site, after some users used the hashtag #unbonjuif to tweet inflammatory images and …

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Twitter Under Fire in France Over Anti-Semitic Hashtag

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 bound to happen. Now, anti-racism groups in France are eyeing legal action against the social media company for an anti-semitic …

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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 with this caption: “Many people in Tennessee keep asking me about my opinion on Second Amendment rights. Apparently Tennesseans are …

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Missing Teen’s Cryptic Final Tweet Generates Concern, Controversy

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 my hour ecall 911.” It’s assumed that Alongi meant that there was someone in her house. Here’s the tweet: Follow …

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Google Caves, Will Block Contested YouTube Video in Brazil

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 over the last few days. Earlier this week, a Brazilian judge ordered his arrest after Google failed to removed the …

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Twitter Users Tweet the Word “Faggot” Over 200,000 Times a Week

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 across Twitter. And the results are pretty staggering. It’s definitely no surprise that phrases like “faggot” and “so gay” are …

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Teacher Accused of Posting Suggestive Photos of Minors on Reddit’s “Creepshots” Subreddit

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. Reddit has seen its share of controversy regarding the content of the links posted to the site. Earlier this year, …

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YouTube Blocked in Afghanistan Following Violence Tied to Anti-Muslim Video

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 Aimal Marjan, general director of Information Technology at the Ministry of Communications. According to the report, Marjan would not go …

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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 the New Yorker, who has taken to calling to event “Nipplegate,” the following Mike Stevens cartoon prompted a temporary ban …

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