A $50 Media Player Is Helping North Koreans Thwart Censorship

A $50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea's oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media players to learn about the outside world and watch contraband foreign TV, news, and films. » 3/27/15 10:55am Friday 10:55am

Inside the Gross, Predatory World of "Sexy Teen" Instagram Accounts

Not feeling acutely queasy at the relentless perversion of our great big world yet today? Here ya go: Instagram accounts devoted to showcasing photos of "sexy teens" are becoming commenting hotbeds for swapping kiddie porn. » 2/27/15 2:17pm 2/27/15 2:17pm

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

Facebook Wants You to Know It Loves Free Speech (Except When It Doesn't)

Two weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg wrote an impassioned post about the importance of free speech following the Charlie Hebdo killings. This week—whiplash warning—Facebook is censoring images of the Prophet Muhammad in Turkey, including images similar to the Hebdo cartoons. » 1/28/15 12:20pm 1/28/15 12:20pm

Instagram Blackout Continues During Protests in Hong Kong

China continues its disturbing trend of social media crackdowns as pro-democracy protests flare in Hong Kong. Web services, such as Blocked In China, who monitor the government's abusive censorship, confirms that the blackout spreads across the country. » 9/28/14 6:58pm 9/28/14 6:58pm

Wikipedia Reveals Which Pages the "Right to be Forgotten" Law Killed

Earlier this week, Europe's controversial "Right to be forgotten" legislation started going after Wikipedia pages. Now we know more: Wikipedia has revealed the five pages removed from Google searches, adding up to more than 50 links in total. » 8/06/14 10:44am 8/06/14 10:44am

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

In the wake of the EU decision that people have a "right to be forgotten" on Google, Microsoft is now offering Bing users in Europe the chance to request that certain links in search results be removed. And evidently, Yahoo will be next. » 7/17/14 10:11am 7/17/14 10:11am

Google's Response to the "Right to Be Forgotten" Is Just Perfect

In May, the EU Court of Justice ruled that because people have the "right to be forgotten," Google must remove links from European versions of search, just because people ask them to. But you can't hide from the past on the internet. » 7/02/14 5:35pm 7/02/14 5:35pm

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 7:29pm 6/18/14 7:29pm

Censored Obama and Biden are f*cking hilarious and disturbing

Watch Obama and Biden, that dynamic duo, saying really really really bad and disturbing things thanks to the unnecessary censorship and the magic of the bleeping. Beware: Some of the segments are really toe curling. » 5/21/14 6:07pm 5/21/14 6:07pm

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 7:00pm 2/18/14 7:00pm

South Korea's Internet Is More Oppressive Than You Think

Everybody's been freaking out in the past couple of weeks by news that South Korea is building a new broadband network that will be 50 times faster than the average connection in the United States. That's fast! Too bad South Koreans won't be able to use maps or access thousands of sites. » 2/11/14 6:20pm 2/11/14 6:20pm

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

Facebook Is Lifting Its Ban on Decapitation Videos (Updated)

Don't even think about posting cartoon nipples on Facebook. Decapitations, however? Go right ahead. Six months after establishing a ban on blatant, gruesome beheadings, Facebook has decided to (once again) keep videos of decapitations available to the masses. » 10/21/13 5:45pm 10/21/13 5:45pm

China's Internet Army Could Have as Many as Two Million Censors

China's internet is not exactly famous for its freedom, but it takes a lot of effort to keep it tied down. Folks have done math to suggest there are thousands of government employees censoring China's Twitter-clone Weibo alone. Now the Beijing News is pegging that total at more like two million. » 10/05/13 7:00pm 10/05/13 7:00pm

Google Is Now Deleting Nine "Pirate" Links Every Second

Groups like the RIAA are putting in millions of DMCA requests to pull "pirate" links off Google, and even though it doesn't seem to help, the landslide's not letting up. As of last month, Google was taking down nine pirate links every single second of every single day. » 10/05/13 4:00pm 10/05/13 4:00pm

A Map of Internet Freedom Around the World

Here in the US, it's easy to slip into the comfortable idea that the internet is unrestricted, a home for free speech and exploration, whether it's meaningful and important, or dumb hashtags. It's not that way everywhere though, and Freedom House has mapped out the current state of affairs across the globe. » 10/05/13 10:27am 10/05/13 10:27am

China Is (Kinda) Loosening Its Web Censorship

China has a rich—and occasionally odd—history of censoring the web. Now, though, it seems it may be loosening its iron grip, at least a little. » 9/24/13 5:16am 9/24/13 5:16am

10 Normal Hashtags That Instagram Bans for Some Weird Reason

It's pretty simple. People love Instagram. People love using hashtags. People love to curse. People love to curse in hashtags on Instagram. Instagram doesn't like that. In fact, Instagram censors any sort of curse word hashtag, possibly porn related hashtag and so on from its searches. That's a good thing! But… » 8/26/13 8:30pm 8/26/13 8:30pm