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“Free speech” is often raised as a defence in the court of public opinion, particularly when people are called out by their ideological opponents. “You’re attacking my right to free speech!” However, either through forgetfulness or ignorance, many Australians don’t appear to realise free speech is not a legal right they hold.

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Apple Inc. appears to have complied with the wishes of Chinese censors and removed all major VPN apps from the China-based branch of its App Store, a move which will make it harder for consumers to dodge the country's pervasive restrictions on internet freedom.

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The Russian-owned blog community LiveJournal previously banned "political solicitation," part of a decade-long effort to censor Russians who were using the platform to criticise the government. Now, LiveJournal's former comic artist has returned from an eight-year absence... bringing back LiveJournal's "Frank the Goat" one more time to protest the site's abuses from the inside.

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LiveJournal, a blog community that's hosted a lot of science fiction authors and fans (including George RR Martin), has officially banned "political solicitation" — which can mean anything that criticises the Russian government, as well as pro-LGBTQ discussions. There are also concerns users can be subject to Russian spying.

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Twitter claimed in a blog post last week that it will be "introducing additional updates that leverage our technology to reduce abusive content". Today, what appears to be a limited rollout of one such feature — the involuntary walling off of certain accounts behind an opt-in prompt — has the platform's users angry and confused.

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Doctor Strange has gotten heavy criticism for its decision to change The Ancient One's ethnicity from Tibetan to Celtic, essentially whitewashing the character. But the issue was also about removing Tibet from the title character's origin to avoid offending China, and secure the film's release there. Turns out it worked — Doctor Strange will arrive in China on November 4, the same day it's opening in the US.