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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Recently, we shared a clip from Ken Russell's The Devils, a racy 1971 horror film that's finally available for streaming on Shudder after years of obscurity. That got us thinking about other cult movies once deemed so scandalous they were either censored, banned, or taken out of circulation for years.
Anyone who's ever visited YouTube and ventured into the comments knows that the site struggles with how to deal with offensive content, and now it seems one of its content filtering features might have gone a bit too far. Over the past few days, several LGBT vloggers have accused YouTube of hiding their material through the "Restricted Mode" feature.
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.
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.
Back in December, Donald Trump suggested fighting terrorism online by "closing the internet in some way", openly mocking potential First Amendment concerns. Since then, the alleged computer user seems to have changed his mind, joining Ted Cruz's bizarre crusade for an American takeover of the internet's address book in the name of freedom of speech.
You probably recognise Nick Ut's infamous 1972 photograph of charred Vietnamese children running away from the site of a napalm incidienary bomb detonated by the South Vietnamese Air Force in Trang Bang. Earlier this week, however, Facebook effectively banned the Pulitzer-winning photograph from its own site. Now the site is backtracking as quickly as it can.
It's no secret that the Great Barrier Reef is in the midst of a mass die-off, nor that scientists believe the coral bleaching event is related to climate change. But apparently, Australia couldn't bear the thought of putting these inconvenient facts together on paper. Australia's Department of Environment censored a major global climate report just before publication this week.
In The Westport Independent you play as the editor of an independent newspaper, twisting stories to suit the agenda of those you are loyal to. You can't exactly lie in what you choose to print — but you don't have to publish the truth. And what you decide to publish will change how citizens feel about the people in power and those who oppose them.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has approved the use of the 451 HTTP status code for websites that are inaccessible for legal reasons such as government censored content or blocked copyrighted material. There are limitations as to whether internet users in different geographical regions will see this error code but the approval of 451 is an acknowledgement of the prevailing issues of internet censorship and online piracy.
Canada's new, science-friendly Liberal government has set its federal researchers free. Now unmuzzled, some Canadian scientists are speaking out. Here's a sampling of what it was like to do science under the Harper regime.
Apple's News app has officially launched in the US, with trials in the UK and Australia. But if you're an American travelling to China, don't plan on accessing the app from your phone. Apple itself is reportedly blocking it from loading news in the country.