Transparency Is Great, But It's No Substitute For Free Speech

Twitter has released a new transparency report. The company—which scored five stars in our latest "Who Has Your Back?" report—blogged about the release, wrote that "[p]roviding this insight is simply the right thing to do, especially in an age of increasing concerns about government surveillance." More than thirty » 2/16/15 6:30am 2/16/15 6:30am

One Website Wants to Track Every Search Result Google Erases by Request

Europe recently decided that folks have a "right to be forgotten" on the internet, giving people the opportunity to get results they don't like erased from Google and other search sites. But the internet never really forgets, and here's proof: Hidden From Google, a new website that documents the things people ask… » 7/17/14 11:32am 7/17/14 11:32am

Movie lines ridiculously edited by TV censors

I can understand adjusting movie formats to fit a screen. I can understand bleeping offensive words on regular networks. But changing entire iconic lines from movies like The Departed, Scarface, The Usual Suspects, or Pulp Fiction into absolutely ridiculous stuff is almost offensively stupid—and hilarious. » 6/18/14 8:50pm 6/18/14 8:50pm

This Woman Secretly Dubbed American Movies During the Cold War

In the 1980s Irina Margareta Nistor worked as a translator of TV programs in Romania under the Communist regime. But in her spare time she secretly dubbed over 3,000 banned movie titles, all VHS tapes smuggled in from the West. These tapes quickly spread throughout Romania. Nobody knew Nistor's name. But everybody… » 2/18/14 7:10pm 2/18/14 7:10pm

Facebook Changes Its Mind Again: It's Now Re-Banning Decapitation Videos

After flipping to ban brutal, gruesome decapitation videos six months ago and then flopping to allow such videos to appear in the 'book yesterday, Facebook has flipped again (or is it re-flopped?) in less than 24 hours and will reinstate its previous ban on such decapitation videos. It's an ugly tug of war between… » 10/22/13 7:08pm 10/22/13 7:08pm