Tag: Censorship

The Revolution Doesn’t Want to Be Tweeted

HAVANA — A young man posts images of street flooding in the neighborhood of Centro Habana on social media. His neighbors take to the internet to voice their complaints, demanding that the government repair the sewage system. Sixty years after the triumph of the revolution, Cubans are still not allowed […]

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Microsoft confirms ‘Bing is currently inaccessible in China’

Bada bing, bada banned. China has blocked Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, tonight. Bing.com is not accessible inside China, per reports throughout the country. Microsoft says ‘we’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps.’ The FT’s @YuanfenYang reports that Bing was blocked throughout China following a government order. […]

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YouTube Admits It Meddled with Abortion Search Results – But Calls Downranked Videos ‘Misinformation’

In a comment to the Daily Mail for a story about Breitbart News’ publication of internal discussions revealing search manipulation by the Google-owned video platform, YouTube admitted that it meddled with search results for “abortion.” However, YouTube seems to be standing by its decision, claiming that the videos that were pushed out of the top search results […]

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LEAK: ‘Huge Teams’ Engaged in Manual Interventions on Google Search Results

Google has “huge teams” working on manual interventions in search results, an apparent contradiction of sworn testimony made to Congress by CEO Sundar Pichai, according to an internal post leaked to Breitbart News. “There are subjects that are prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content,” said Daniel Aaronson, a member of Google’s Trust […]

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Streaming Service Roku Offers Alex Jones a Platform, Then Quickly Retreats

WASHINGTON — After an uproar, Alex Jones’s mass media revival proved short-lived. Last year, Mr. Jones, the Infowars conspiracy theorist, was erased from virtually every major social media platform for violating standards against hate speech, among others. This week, it came to light that Mr. Jones had a new, free […]

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China has a very Orwellian reason for banning typing “1984” on social media, while allowing people to read Nineteen Eighty-Four

Chinese internet users can’t type the numbers “1984” into social media, but Chinese bookstores freely sell copies of Orwell’s novels, including Nineteen Eighty-Four, as well as other books whose titles are banned on social media. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the inner Party members are allowed to read the literature that is banned for […]

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Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown

SHANGHAI — One man spent 15 days in a detention center. The police threatened another’s family. A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation. Their offense: posting on Twitter. The Chinese police, in a sharp escalation of the country’s online censorship efforts, are questioning and detaining […]

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Jill Abramson: NYT Publisher Drafted Letter Apologizing to China for Damning Report

Fired New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson alleges the storied newspaper’s publisher drafted a letter apologizing to the Chinese government over a report it published detailing corruption inside the communist nation. In her forthcoming book, Merchants of Truth, Abramson writes publisher Arthur Sulzberger drafted a letter “all but apologizing” to Chinese officials for a report on how several of the […]

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Inside China’s censorship factories, where young censors learn to erase history

The censorship industry in China is big business. “My office is next to the big training room,” Mr. Yang said. “I often hear the surprised sounds of ‘Ah, ah, ah.’” China’s censorship machine is so well oiled that young censors have to be taught what they were missing. This incredible New York Times feature by […]

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Corporate Censorship: Netflix Pulls ‘Patriot Act’ Episode to Please Saudi Government

Streaming service Netflix ditched an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” in Saudi Arabi in what critics call a flagrant capitulation to government censorship. The Financial Times newspaper reports the conservative Islamic kingdom’s Communications and Information Technology Commission said the episode violated local cybercrime law and demanded it be withdrawn from public issue. In the episode, […]

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Netflix Blocks Show in Saudi Arabia Critical of Saudi Prince

Netflix has blocked an episode of its show “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” from streaming in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government complained that the episode — which is critical of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman — violated its cybercrime laws. In the episode, first shown in October, Mr. […]

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Mark Zuckerberg’s 2019 Resolution: More Political Censorship on Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to better prevent “election interference” and “the spread of hate speech” — neglecting to define either term — in a blog posted on his company’s platform. Zuckerberg repeated his previous calls to suppress “sensationalism and misinformation” and to “remove content related to terrorism,” terms he did not define. […]

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Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In a glass conference room at its California headquarters, Facebook is taking on the bonfires of hate and misinformation it has helped fuel across the world, one post at a time. The social network has drawn criticism for undermining democracy and for provoking bloodshed in societies […]

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Charlie Hebdo Journalist: ‘Islam Must Submit to Criticism’

Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui has received rape and death threats for saying “Islam must submit to criticism”. The journalist, who has lived under police protection since a number of her colleagues at the satirical magazine were murdered by radical Islamic terrorist for satirising the Prophet Mohammed, said she has received “Insults, racist insults, [and] […]

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Patreon Censorship Causes Heavy Losses for Creators as Users Flee Site

Creators on crowdfunding site Patreon are reporting heavy losses in financial backers as users are fleeing the platform in protest over its censorship of political commentators, including Sargon of Akkad. On Thursday, popular author Jordan B. Peterson declared, “I have lost about 2000 Patreons @Patreon since the debacle with Sargon of Akkad. I know [Dave […]

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Delingpole: Tucker Carlson Is Right — Never Apologize!

“Never apologize and never explain. It’s a sign of weakness,” said John Wayne in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. But he was not the first. Oxford theologian and Master of Balliol College Benjamin Jowett said the same thing in the 19th century. And in 1636, King Charles I wrote: “Never make a defence or apology before […]

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Google’s censored Chinese search engine Project Dragonfly is reportedly dead after internal conflict

When news first broke in August about Google’s plans for a censored Chinese search engine, there was immediate backlash both internally and externally. As details regarding Project Dragonfly continued to leak over the ensuing months, that pushback has only grown more vehement, with executives fielding questions on the subject from US senators and Google employees […]

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News Analysis: Australian Gag Order Stokes Global Debate on Secrecy

SYDNEY, Australia — There is a criminal case unfolding in Australia that shall not be named. The defendant is a figure with a global reputation, someone of great influence in the country and the world. The charges are serious and of significant public interest. But publishing news about this case […]

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Rep. Steve Cohen to Google CEO: Too Much Breitbart When I Search for My Name

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) highlighted Breitbart News while telling Google CEO Sundar Pichai that the company’s search engine “overly [uses] conservative news organizations” in its news feeds, offering his remarks in a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee hearing. While questioning Google CEO Sundar Pichai during his hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Steven Cohen complained […]

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Videos from the University of Chicago “Censorship and Information Control” seminar

[embedded content] This year, I helped University of Chicago science fiction writer and renaissance scholar Ada Palmer and science historian Adrian Johns host a series of interdisciplinary seminars on “Censorship, Information Control, & Revolutions in Information Technology from the Printing Press to the Internet.” Thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers, we were […]

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