Censorship

China bans video and audio streaming on Sina Weibo and two other websites

China is tightening its control over internet content. Yesterday, the government reportedly told three websites — Sina Weibo, iFeng, and ACFUN — to stop streaming video and audio content that apparently were “not in line with national audiovisual regulations and propagating negative speech,” …

Weibo

German police raided 36 homes over social media hate speech

Late last year, Germany proposed a bill that would fine social media providers, such as Facebook and Twitter, for failure to remove hate speech within 24 hours on their respective platforms. Now, Germany has raided the homes of 36 people accused of posting hate speech or other illegal …

Rights & Freedoms

Mark Zuckerberg explains why he just changed Facebook's mission

Mark Zuckerberg has spent the last dozen years making sure you know what your friends' babies look like and what your high school friends think about politics.<p>And, of course, transforming media and politics by presenting news and opinion -- true and fake -- to billions of people around the …

Mark Zuckerberg

Wisconsin lawmakers advance bill to suspend or expel students who disrupt campus speakers

Conservative media commentator Ben Shapiro was just a few minutes into a lecture at the University of Wisconsin last fall when more than a dozen student protesters rose from the audience and began chanting “shame!” and “safety!” in hopes of drowning him out.<p>Some of the protesters made their way to …

Rights & Freedoms

Should I Sue Donald Trump for Blocking Me on Twitter?

A First Amendment group says Trump is violating the Constitution by blocking people on Twitter.

Donald Trump

When A Free Press Opposes Free Speech

Posted: Jun 22, 2017 12:01 AM<p><i>The Charlotte Observer</i> recently ran an editorial, which seeks to intentionally misinform the public about HB527 – a bill …

Rights & Freedoms

Deleted Wikipedia articles with freaky titles

Deleted Wikipedia articles with freaky titles is the best article on Wikipedia. From "Ç‹¬ç‰¹è§Â解" to Zombucks, with many oddities …

Wikipedia

Welcome to the Wikipedia of the Alt-Right

<b>Vox Day thinks that Wikipedia is the worst.</b> But the things that bug him aren’t the typical complaints you’ll hear about the crowd-sourced …

Chelsea Manning

Anti-Free-Speech Radicals Never Give Up

The Southern Poverty Law Center and other pressure groups relentlessly push the ‘speech as violence’ argument.<p>In the never-ending battle to preserve …

Social Justice

Grenfell cladding used on Tottenham tower block

Residents at a 22-storey block of flats in Tottenham, north London, have been sent an email - seen by the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme - saying the building has the same cladding as Grenfell Tower.<p>Rivers Apartments - which is shared ownership, so classed as social housing - was built just …

Architecture

Journalists in war zones tread a fine line between safety and freedom of speech

Journalists are increasingly threatened and assassinated in conflict zones worldwide. But could the need for their protection be causing harm to free …

Human Rights

EU pressures firms to tackle online terrorism

The state and government leaders said that "challenges posed by systems that allow terrorists to communicate in ways that competent authorities …

Privacy

Nieuw Amsterdam for Kids

Welcome to Cruise Critic; we're happy you decided to register to become a Cruise Critic Member.<p><b>Forum Rules</b><p><b>Important: Do Not Use Your REAL NAME as</b> …

The Case for Restricting Hate Speech

But these free-speech absolutists must at least acknowledge two facts. First, the right to speak already is far from absolute. Second, they are …

Hate Crimes

Criminal charges laid against editor-in-chief of ‘Your Ward News,’ publication banned by Canada Post

Print<p>The editor-in-chief of a Toronto newsletter considered too offensive to be delivered by Canada Post was charged with uttering threats Wednesday, …

Canadian News

Sen. Feinstein: Protecting College Free Speech from Violent Protests Is Too Much of a Burden

That is, with no exaggeration, the attitude expressed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) at a Senate hearing this week on free speech on college …

Dianne Feinstein

Egypt watchdog says authorities now blocking 101 websites

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian watchdog says authorities are widening their internet censorship and are now blocking 101 websites, including some that provide software that allows users to bypass restrictions.<p>The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression in a statement late on Tuesday said that …

Rights & Freedoms

Supreme Court rules citizens cannot be banned from the Internet

<i>Photo credit: New York Times</i><p>There's no denying that the United States legal system has helped turn the Internet into what it is today. For example, …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Police raid homes of 36 accused of spewing hate online in Germany

German police searched the homes of three dozen people on Tuesday, all of whom are accused of writing hateful messages on social media.<p>The raids illustrate significant differences between how Germany treats hate speech online when compared with the United States.<p>The 36 targeted people are accused …

Social Media

ORWELLIAN: Canadians Can Now Be Fined Or JAILED For Using Wrong Gender Pronouns

Taking a page out of George Orwell's <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, Canada passed a new law that opens Canadians up to fines and even jail time if they use …

LGBTQ

The case for restricting hate speech

As a sociologist and legal scholar, I struggle to explain the boundaries of free speech to undergraduates. Despite the 1st Amendment—I tell my students—local, state, and federal laws limit all kinds of speech. We regulate advertising, obscenity, slander, libel, and inciting lawless action to name …

Karen Handel

Trump thanks teens for 'standing up' to yearbook censorship

WALL, N.J. — The scandal over censorship of merchandise and quotes from President Trump in a New Jersey high school yearbook has reached the White House.<p>President Trump and the director of his campaign thanked Wall High School students Montana and Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago, who reported a quote and logo …

Donald Trump

When your First Amendment rights offend me: Senate considers free speech on campus

WASHINGTON -- Students on college campuses can't agree on what represents legitimate free speech. Neither can Congress, with members of the Senate …

New Orleans

Germany vs. Twitter

Hamburg, Germany — Heiko Maas may be about to learn where the road being paved with his good intentions will lead. A Social Democrat and the current federal justice minister, he has announced ambitious plans to rid the internet of abusive and offensive language. His plans have incited concern in …

Opinion

New UK laws could erase your cringey teenage Facebook photos

The government has proposed new data protection legislation.<p>New rules to keep you safe online have been proposed by the UK government, including the option to ask social networks like Facebook to remove anything you shared before you turned 18.<p>The proposed Data Protection Bill was announced by the …

Queen's Speech

Harvard's decision to rescind admissions over social media violates free speech, professor says

Harvard’s decision to rescind admissions over social media violates free speech, professor says<p>For many, it's a dream come true. Acceptance into the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, Harvard.<p>But for at least 10 incoming freshmen, the dream was dashed after they were …

Social Media

Political bots are poisoning democracy – so, off with their heads

Propaganda bots posing as people are increasingly being used on social media to sway public opinion around the world. So says new research from the …

Propaganda

Competing Alt-Right 'Free Speech' Rallies Reveal Infighting Over White Nationalism

Although the alt-right presents itself as a new kind of white male nationalism rewired for the 21st century, it is proving in practice to have many …

Freedom Of Speech

TIL 25 interesting facts about Reddit

Reddit has become one of the most powerful sites in the online world. It averages between 10 and 12 million unique visitors and over 100 million …

Social Media

How The Supreme Court's Recent Free Speech Ruling May Destroy Hollywood's Plans To Kick People Off The Internet

Earlier this week, we wrote about the details of the Supreme Court's ruling in Packingham v. North Carolina -- the case that said a North Carolina …

First Amendment