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Cloudflare Transparency Report and an Update on a Warrant Canary
Cloudflare really impresses with their thoughtful consideration and communication about choices like deplatforming.
cloudflare  censorship  freespeech  via:Techdirt 
8 weeks ago by mcherm
Overwatch hero Mei is becoming a Hong Kong protest symbol - Polygon
A clever solution to a company that fires/bans people for offending China: use that company as a symbol of protest against China.
china  censorship  activism  via:reddit 
october 2019 by mcherm
RIP Culture War Thread | Slate Star Codex
Scott Alexander's post on how he was driven to remove the culture war thread.
censorship  freespeech  ScottAlexander  via:SlateStarCodex  SlateStarCodex 
february 2019 by mcherm
How Hacker News stays interesting
"HN moderators buried my post. It was wise curation, not censorship."
socialcomputing  HackerNews  censorship  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
january 2019 by mcherm
Gab.com CEO Andrew Torba's personal account banned from Coinbase - btc
I post on free speech in a discussion of Coinbase actively participating in censorship (perhaps at the bequest of MasterCard or the US government).
mypostings  coinbase  censorship  freespeech  bitcoin 
january 2019 by mcherm
Twitter suspended me for tweeting feminist academic research. Here’s why that’s a problem. – MIT Center for Civic Media
His account was suspended (apparently for a completely innocuous post) and eventually reinstated all with no meaningful explanation.
twitter  censorship  via:reddit  freespeech 
december 2018 by mcherm
N.J. Court Orders Google to Vanish Plaintiff's Photo -- Published at the Chicago Tribune -- From Search Results - Volokh Conspiracy : Reason.com
The state court ordered Google (and probably the Chicago Tribune) to remove a photo without any opportunity to contest it. Not legally correct. Also, the person has apparently gotten 130 other publications to take down his information in his attempt to hide his history of activism.
censorship  freespeech  via:Techdirt  EugeneVolokh 
august 2018 by mcherm
Facebook’s program thinks Declaration of Independence is hate speech - News - Liberty Vindicator
Part of the Declaration of Independence (perhaps the reference to "Indian Savages"?) is deemed "hate speech" by Facebook's algorithms and blocked. Fair cop, actually, but is this the behavior we want? There is no process for appeal.
censorship  zerotolerance  ai 
july 2018 by mcherm
Florida Federal Prison Bans Books and Greeting Cards | Miami New Times
Another article on a prison banning prisoners from receiving books (and also letters written in marker or crayon).
prison  censorship  evil  via:reddit 
april 2018 by mcherm
Uncensored reddit
A site that shows Reddit but includes posts that were hidden or censored.
reddit  censorship  via:reddit  freespeech 
november 2017 by mcherm
US judge says “global de-indexing order” against Google threatens free speech | Ars Technica
Canadian courts ordered Google to remove links to something throughout the entire world. Google went to court in the US for an order allowing them to NOT remove it in the US... they were unopposed, so they won.
law  censorship  google 
november 2017 by mcherm
NY Times Uncritically Says Fake News Debate Supports Chinese Style Censorship | Techdirt
Mike Masnick calls out the New York Times for apparently supporting China's censorship of the internet.
journalism  censorship 
october 2017 by mcherm
New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites | MR Online
Google is (partially) blocking socialist websites in the interest of avoiding extremist propaganda and "fake news".
google  censorship  freespeech  via:HackerNews 
august 2017 by mcherm
FDA Opens Genetic Floodgates with 23andMe Decision - MIT Technology Review
Oh, good: 23andme is no longer prohibited from telling people what the research says about what their results mean.
censorship  law  medicine  via:SlateStarCodex 
may 2017 by mcherm
Chancellor’s message on campus appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos | Berkeley News
An excellent message about REFUSING to censor controversial opinions on Berkley campus.
freespeech  censorship  via:popehat 
february 2017 by mcherm
Kid Needs Permission Slip to Read 'Fahrenheit 451,' His Dad's Response Is Brilliant | The Daily Dot
"Permission slip" to read Fahrenheit 451. Parent plays along with the conceit that it's an exercise to show how ridiculous the whole idea of censoring books is.
censorship  via:boingboing  teaching 
october 2016 by mcherm
FIRE Attacks Northern Michigan University's Shocking, Wanton Rule Against Students Sharing Suicidal Thoughts | Popehat
Terrible school policy prohibits students from reaching out to others if they have suicidal thoughts. I hope someone sues the school over the death of their child.
mental_illness  censorship  via:popehat 
september 2016 by mcherm
California: No, You Can't Show That Civil War Painting At A State Fair. It Has a Confederate Flag In It. | Popehat
Really stupid law in California: the state can't sell or display a confederate flag. So now they're banning artists from displaying a civil war painting at the state fair because the painting depicts a confederate flag in it.
censorship  law  stupid  via:popehat 
september 2016 by mcherm
A ruling by the Italian Supreme Court: News do expire. Online archives would need to be deleted  - l'Espresso
An Italian court has expanded on the "right to be forgotten" -- newspapers must remove old articles (in this case about a legal case that is still going on) after 2.5 years.
censorship  stupid  law  via:HackerNews  ip-law 
september 2016 by mcherm
Facebook Backs Down on Censoring ‘Napalm Girl’ Photo - WSJ
Facebook says Pulitzer prize winning photo OK despite naked child after serious pressure from newspapers and even political leaders.
facebook  censorship  sexoffenders  journalism 
september 2016 by mcherm
Dear Mark. I am writing this to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture. - Aftenposten
A journalist objects to Facebook's insistence that a photo of a naked child be censored when it happens to be a famous photo which helped change the course of the Vietnam war.
journalism  censorship  facebook  via:HackerNews 
september 2016 by mcherm
PayPal Stops A Payment Just Because The Payee's Memo Included The Word 'Cuba' | Techdirt
Talk about overregulation, including the words "cuba" and/or "Castro" in the memo on a payment apparently requires writing an essay on why this is a legal payment. And how on earth is that going to catch anyone?
banking  payments  paypal  techdirt  via:Techdirt  censorship 
august 2016 by mcherm
Taking Photos Is My Job & The NYPD Can't Stand It: Gothamist
A New York City photographic reporter accounts the effort police have made to prevent him from reporting on their work.
journalism  police  policeabuse  censorship  via:reddit 
july 2016 by mcherm
Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources • The Register
Apparently, police seized the phone of the girlfriend of the man they shot dead and used her account to delete the video of the shooting from Facebook.
police  policeabuse  censorship  via:HackerNews 
july 2016 by mcherm
Another Day, Another Horrible Ruling That Undermines The First Amendment And Section 230 | Techdirt
Ruling in California court says an internet provider can be forced to take down content by suing someone else.
law  freespeech  censorship  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
june 2016 by mcherm
Why Is Twitter Sending Legal Letters Warning People About Tweeting About The Gagged Topic Of A 'Celebrity Threesome' | Techdirt
UK law prohibits journalists from covering some stories (usually salacious details about someone powerful). Now someone is threatening to apply this to UK users of twitter.
law  twitter  censorship 
may 2016 by mcherm
Fox 'Stole' a Game Clip, Used it in Family Guy & DMCA'd the Original - TorrentFreak
Steal the video, use it in a major TV show, then issue an automated takedown notice for the original.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:reddit  DMCA  censorship 
may 2016 by mcherm
After advertiser complaints, Farm News fires editorial cartoonist who criticized John Deere & Monsanto / Boing Boing
Fired at advertiser's behest after political cartoon pointed out that the CEOs of 4 agribusiness companies made more than all Iowa farmers combined.
censorship  wealth  income-inequality  via:boingboing 
may 2016 by mcherm
How to Make a Bot That Isn't Racist | Motherboard
Shockingly primitive techniques used to make sure that bots active on Twitter don't say racist things.
ai  racism  censorship  via:boingboing 
april 2016 by mcherm
Apple has pulled Narwhal, Antenna and other Reddit Applications from the app store due to "NSFW" content. However - the official app has not been pulled. : technology
When Reddit wrote an iPhone app, Apple removed all other Reddit apps they could find. Reason may have been that they contained a setting to hide NSFW content.
reddit  apple  appstore  censorship  via:reddit 
april 2016 by mcherm
Owning and sharing your words | Jon Udell
People complain about a plugin that lets people share annotations to a blog entry. I post that I don't understand why.
censorship  blogging  JonUdell  via:JonUdell  mypostings 
april 2016 by mcherm
Fake legal cases used to censor Google results
This proports to show that a law firm is filing lawsuits with fake participants in order to get a judge to order Google to take down certain links. If so, this would be a serious abuse of the legal process.
law  censorship  via:Techdirt 
march 2016 by mcherm
Wrestling With Inclusion at LambdaConf – John A De Goes
A *REALLY* well-thought-out approach to inclusion and safety in invitations to a conference.
social  censorship  conferences  via:HackerNews 
march 2016 by mcherm
UK Government Forbids Publicly-Funded Scientists And Academics From Giving Advice It Disagrees With | Techdirt
UK government writes language that MAY say scientists can't use what they've learned (if they ever use government money) to attempt to influence the government. Government says that's not what they meant.
censorship  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
march 2016 by mcherm
Puritanical Facebook Censors Parody Publication, Makes Appeal Process A Threat | Techdirt
Another case where corporate policies invent a kind of a legal system but without the balancing factors that our actual legal system has.
facebook  censorship  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
february 2016 by mcherm
Apple Rejects Game Based On Bible Story Due To Content Including Violence Against Children | Techdirt
Apple is now rejecting bible stories (when they're animated) because they contain violence against children.
apple  appstore  censorship  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
february 2016 by mcherm
The HTTP 451 Error Code for Censorship Is Now an Internet Standard | Motherboard
Yes, there is now an OFFICIAL http error code for use when you have been legally required to censor some material.
http  standards  censorship  internet  via:boingboing 
december 2015 by mcherm
The Man in the High Castle in Albany and The First Amendment | Popehat
The governor of NJ should not be ordering that posters of a counter-factual USA where the Germans and Japanese won WWII be taken down.
censorship  via:popehat  freespeech 
december 2015 by mcherm
A Decade-Old Gag Order, Lifted | American Civil Liberties Union
It took 10 years for him to be allowed to talk about the NSL he received, despite winning in court and in Congress.
secrecy  aclu  censorship  national_security_letter  via:HackerNews 
december 2015 by mcherm
Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps
The local neighbors persuaded Google maps and other mapping companies to give incorrect directions to the famous Hollywood sign in order to avoid having lots of tourists parking on their streets. They are now pestering bloggers who post about how to get there. Open Street Map has correct and accurate directions.
maps  censorship  privacy  via:HackerNews  google  opensource 
november 2015 by mcherm
Guy Who Won Original Right To Be Forgotten Case Loses His Attempt To Have New Story About His Past Forgotten | Techdirt
He won the case originally, but articles about him are now allowed since he's famous because of the case.
privacy  secrecy  censorship  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
october 2015 by mcherm
“Two days ago the police came to me and wanted me to stop working on this” | Hacker News
Developer of one of the main tools for circumventing the great firewall of China is forced to call it quits.
censorship  china  evil  via:HackerNews 
august 2015 by mcherm
HP Asks For Heavily-Redacted Documents To Be Sealed; Judge Responds With Heavily-Redacted Refusal | Techdirt
In response to a demand to seal court documents, the judge responded with a redacted rejection. Clever.
law  censorship  funny  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
august 2015 by mcherm
DoJ's Gag Order On Reason Has Been Lifted — But The Real Story Is More Outrageous Than We Thought | Popehat
The description here of prosecutor's unbridled power and how that gets abused is poignant and clear.
overprosecution  law  via:popehat  censorship 
july 2015 by mcherm
Third-grade teacher who read class same-sex fairy tale resigns after backlash | Education | The Guardian
Teacher responds to "gay" as an insult by reading book about a prince marrying another prince. Then he (and the assistant principal who loaned him the book) are both pressured into resigning.
kidsrights  gayrights  censorship  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
june 2015 by mcherm
"Safe Spaces" And The Mote In America's Eye | Popehat
A fabulous essay (and rant) against censorship and fear and the changes they have wrought in our society lately, stuffed full of excellent links to egregious examples.
via:popehat  philosophy  4thAmmendment  rights  censorship  fear 
may 2015 by mcherm
Google backtracks on porn ban in Blogger | Technology | The Guardian
Google had announced they would ban all sexually explicit images from Blogger. A day or two after announcing it, they backed down.
google  censorship  freespeech  via:TheGuardian 
february 2015 by mcherm
Tulsa University Bans Student From Campus For Someone Else's Facebook Posts | Techdirt
Any time you find yourself squelching all discussion of your suppression of discussion you know you have a problem. Also prosecuting someone for what someone else did is rather a problem.
censorship  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
february 2015 by mcherm
How A Post-9/11 Law Can Get You Arrested For Your Emoji Choices - BuzzFeed News
Absurd! He posted a tweet that included emoji for a policeman and for a gun. For that he was arrested and is being prosecuted for making terroristic threats.
freespeech  via:Techdirt  overprosecution  law  censorship 
january 2015 by mcherm
Feds Gagged Google Over Wikileaks Warrants Because They Were 'Upset By The Backlash' To Similar Twitter Warrants | Techdirt
The US government used a gag order to silence Google about emails they had subpoenaed because they were worried about the public reaction if it got out.
via:Techdirt  techdirt  secrecy  censorship  google 
january 2015 by mcherm
Unsealed Filing Shows DOJ Misled Appeals Court About National Security Letter Gag Orders | Electronic Frontier Foundation
In a case about NSL gag orders the government's lawyer told the court (during rebuttal when it couldn't be challenged) that it didn't gag speech. They took it back later.
law  national_security_letter  censorship  eff 
november 2014 by mcherm
Record Labels Issue Takedown To Take Kim Dotcom's Album Down From His Own Site | Techdirt
They filed a DMCA notice to take down his own music from his own site (his SECOND site... his first one was closed 3 years ago without ever having a day in court).
copyright  copyrightabuse  law  ip-law  censorship  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
september 2014 by mcherm
Et Tu, YouTube? | Simple Justice
When YouTube takes something down, there's no way to find out why.
censorship  youtube  via:EricTurkewitz 
july 2014 by mcherm
Watch Your Mouth, Or The Village Of Arena Police Department May Get Violent | Popehat
He was impolite to the police. So they arrested him, prosecuted him, CONVICTED him, and put him in jail. He wins on appeal. Lesson: no... I really don't want to write that.
law  censorship  freespeech  via:popehat 
july 2014 by mcherm
We don't fear books
An editorial in the local newspaper about the principle banning Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother".
censorship  via:boingboing 
june 2014 by mcherm
Why I'm sending 200 copies of Little Brother to a high-school in Pensacola, FL - Boing Boing
The teachers picked "Little Brother" as the summer reading book, but then the principle vetoed it because of the message it sends. He finally cancelled the summer reading program, but now Cory Doctorow and his publisher are sending 200 copies to the school kids for free.
censorship  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing 
june 2014 by mcherm
How Censors Killed The Weird, Experimental, Progressive Golden Age Of Comics
The story of how the "comic code" suppressed comics about independent women or non-white characters.
censorship  comics 
may 2014 by mcherm
'Revenge porn' victims receive boost from German court ruling | Technology | The Guardian
An interesting case. A woman wants her ex-boyfriend to delete all nude photos he has. A German court rules that her "personal rights" trump his property rights. I wonder how broadly this would apply. I think I would rather see this done via legislation not an argument from basic rights.
censorship  freespeech  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
may 2014 by mcherm
How White House's 'No Commenting' On Media Leaks Policy Makes Life Difficult For Professors | Techdirt
White House policy of no commenting on released information means people with security clearance can't participate properly in college classes.
secrecy  snowden  censorship  obama 
may 2014 by mcherm
Head-In-Sand Approach: White House Bans Current & Former Intelligence Staff From Discussing Any Media Leaks | Techdirt
White house rules now ban talking to reporters (saying "hi" to your neighbor is apparently prohibited) and talking ABOUT information that has been leaked. It's absurd.
obama  freespeech  censorship  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
may 2014 by mcherm
Censorious Parent Calls Cops On Teen Giving Away Books In A Local Park | Techdirt
School board bans book. Students protest but are ignored. A student raises money to give away free copies in the park. Parents call police on him for (well, I'm not sure what). Police, appropriately, take no action.
censorship  kidsrights  rights  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
april 2014 by mcherm
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