Censorship

Toothpaste advert banned after it features naked model with onions

A toothpaste advert that featured a naked model next to a pile of onions has been banned for “objectifying” women.<p>The black and white image, …

explicit

China has detained a key architect of its massive internet censorship regime

The latest political figure in China to fall from grace is one whose influence has been felt by anyone in the country who has gone online in the past five years.<p>State media outlet Xinhua reported late Nov. 21 that the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), China’s main …

China

COMMENTARY: Laurier’s apology isn’t enough — students deserve committment to free speech

It’s the video clip seen ’round the world.<p>Story continues below<p>University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson’s tens of millions of YouTube views …

Rights & Freedoms

Skype becomes victim of Chinese censorship, disappears from App Stores

Yet another communication tool has disappeared in China. Joining social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, Skype has become the latest …

Rights & Freedoms

The FTC is investigating TripAdvisor after it censored users' reports of rape

The FTC is reportedly investigating TripAdvisor after the company censored reports of rape and sexual harassment at resorts around the world. The <i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i> reports that in a letter sent last week to Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, the FTC said:<p>“When consumers are …

Democrats

After Citizen Uproar, Afghanistan Ends A Ban On WhatsApp And Telegram

The Ministry of Information called for an immediate 20-day test ban on the messaging apps, apparently for security reasons.<p>A failed ban of two popular messaging apps has highlighted both the Afghan government’s security concerns and the increasingly influential voices of Internet users in the …

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

The Ugly Business Of Defending Free Speech In 2017

Hate groups want to hijack the First Amendment. Clay Hansen is determined to protect it.<p>CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ― From the outside, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression looks like the idyllic Southern home you never had. Located on a grassy hill, the white building with …

Art

'Ethical' John Lewis should pull its Mail ads, says 'anti hate' group

Accusations of sinister hard-left tactics as Stop Funding Hate’s festive Buster advert urges stores to cease backing ‘divisive’ press<p>The campaign group that encouraged Paperchase to apologise for marketing with the Daily Mail, is pushing for John Lewis, the department store chain, to stop …

Marks & Spencer

Canada university under fire for gender pronoun debate

<b>A Canadian university is being accused of stifling free speech after it scolded a teaching assistant for airing a debate on gender-neutral pronouns.</b><p>Wilfrid Laurier University chastised Lindsay Shepherd for showing her class a televised debate featuring Jordan Peterson, a transgender-rights …

Gender

Upcoming webinar reviews intellectual freedom basics

Whether you’re an educator or library director, front-facing circulation desk staff member or behind-the-scenes cataloger, understanding the First …

Rights & Freedoms

Facebook Shouldn’t Censor Pro-Life News Outlets

This month, the <i>New York Times</i> ran an op-ed by Rossalyn Warren entitled “Facebook Is Ignoring Anti-Abortion Fake News.” In the piece, Warren expresses …

Conservative View

Gina Rinehart gives Barnaby Joyce $40,000 for being a 'champion of farming' - ABC Rural - ABC News

Gina Rinehart presents $40,000 prize to Barnaby Joyce<p>The national farm lobby has distanced itself from mining magnate Gina Rinehart after she awarded …

Gina Rinehart

Sage is latest publisher to warn of China censorship pressures

in Hong Kong<p>Another leading academic publisher has been warned that it may have to censor in China or be forced out of the market, as Beijing …

China

Twitter's blue tick rule changes may lower the sueball barrier

<b>Comment</b> Infamous online cesspit Twitter may have unintentionally made itself easier to sue for the things users write on its site, following recently …

Social Media

Apple: Letting China block apps lets us keep bolstering free speech

Apple told senators that capitulating to the Chinese government's ban on certain privacy apps would help the iPhone continue to "promote greater …

Rights & Freedoms

RT Editor Responds To Claim Google Will De-Rank News Agencies' Content

Sputnik and Russia Today (RT) Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, responded to a comment that Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt made while speaking at …

Advertising Industry

Google commits to removing Russian news outlets from news search

Following criticism of Russia's online activities designed to influence Americans and now other nations, Eric Schmidt has gone on record to say that …

Eric Schmidt

Tumi Morake cleared of hate speech charges - report

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA) on Tuesday morning dismissed complaints that remarks made comedian Tumi Morake constitute as any form …

News (South Africa)

After Mainstream Crowdfunding Platforms Shut Them Down, Racists Are Still Generating Profits Online

White nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term "alt-right" speaks during a press conference at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the …

Liberal View

No, Hate Speech Doesn't Violate the First Amendment

Commentary<p>—Lisa Rathke/AP-File<p>Students have serious misconceptions about how to combat "offensive" ideas<p>This fall, a study came out demonstrating how …

Rights & Freedoms

James Haskell could sue Facebook after bogus 'fake news' slur claimed he had died from 'steroid overdose' - Mirror Online

England rugby ace James Haskell could take legal action against Facebook after his name was tarnished in a ‘fake news’ scandal.<p>There were bogus …

Rights & Freedoms

Patron saint of hypocrisy Mamata bats for Padmavati, we walk her down memory lane

Share Email<p>While most politicians, cutting across political lines, are trying to take a ‘balanced’ view on controversy ridden film Padmavati, West …

India

China’s Flashy Ex-Internet Censor Faces Corruption Investigation

The former Chinese official in charge of internet censorship, who hobnobbed with top executives from Facebook, Apple and Amazon and flatly denied that his government engaged in censorship, has been put under investigation by the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency, state media reported on …

China

More travelers say TripAdvisor blocked warnings of rapes and injuries at hotels around the world

Dawn Allison didn’t know when she went to the ladies’ room at Rams Head Tavern south of Baltimore that just two days earlier a woman had found a …

Milwaukee

China pledges to be more open to providing information: Report

SHANGHAI: Central and local governments will be more open to providing information to help the international community understand China, the official …

China

Cabinet ministers who watch porn at work should be sacked, poll finds

Cabinet ministers facing allegations that they downloaded or watched porn on a parliamentary computer should lose their job, according to an …

Damian Green

Why we need to protect free speech on campuses (essay)

Over the past year or two, issues surrounding the exercise of free speech and expression have come to the forefront at colleges around the country. …

Education

DARE: Greg Gianforte misled police after assault of Guardian journalist, incident report shows

• Home<br>• DARE: Greg Gianforte misled police after assault of Guardian journalist, incident report shows<p>Want to receive this digest in your inbox? To …

Greg Gianforte

Anti-Terror Crackdown Sees 300,000 Online Items Removed

'There’s still plenty of content out there.'<p>More than 300,000 online videos, web pages and posts have been taken down after they were flagged up to …

Rights & Freedoms

Crain's Chicago Business is shutting down its comments section, saying it does not have the resources to curtail comments from trolls, including hate speech

10:15 AM ET, November 20, 2017<p><b>How friendly TWC board members long protected Harvey Weinstein, like in 2015 when he was suspected of mismanaging funds</b> …

Gloria Allred