The Real Story Behind Facebook Moderation and Your Petty Reports.
This is a must-read.
Ok, in THIS particular instance, censorship is good.
This Week in Unnecessary Censorship on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
The Twittatorship begins
twitter blocked the account of a neo-nazi group from being accessible to twitter users in germany. the problem with shutting down people like this (as repulsive as their ideas may be to us) is that you may be next, because twitter made this decision on it’s own. it was not required to by law. when corporations begin to censor based on their own moral code (youtube, facebook, tumblr and pinterest, among others, do it too), people become afraid to cross the line. you don’t want your account censored, do you? better not say “X” on twitter, just to be safe. this is just the beginning of the censorship era of twitter. funny, the nazis were big fans of censorship as well.
one commenter on the new york times article put it perfectly:
“It is one thing for the Germans to crimilize [sic] certain types of speech, it is quite another to normalize corporate control of speech. If the Germans want to prosecute neo-nazis, fine; but should the medium of speech itself be under threat? And with that, Twitter sells out one of the greatest political tools in contemporary life.” - Mark Andrew
how will twitter respond to the backlash?
It’s ban-hammer time.
Youtube is actively removing “religiously offensive” content now (goodbye, half of the content on youtube), and tumblr has decided that people who inflict self-harm aren’t allowed to talk to the public about it through tumblr, where they could potentially get the encouragement and love they need to stop that they might not be able to get at home or in their community.
That is two incredibly stupid moves. They create the illusion of a public forum, and in fact moderate your content based on the bias of the corporation, it’s stockholders and advertisers, and any nut who calls in to whine about something that makes them uncomfortable.
spread the word, and try to offend someone today by simply speaking your mind.
what will a day without wikipedia be like? you’re about to find out.
that’s a start, to be sure, but supposedly Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, eBay, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn all oppose S.O.P.A.. Will any of them take 12 hours away from commerce to fight censorship or do their stock-holder’s mean more than their users?
Don’t tell me what I want to know.
It turns out, Google — without telling me — went into my account and deleted my profile picture. Why?…
Considering how much OWS and NDAA talk is on Twitter, I seriously doubt it. I’m leaning towards this guy being a spammer, though I am open to be convinced otherwise.
I’m also leaning towards Blodget doing anything to geek up his page views.
The internet we use is under serious and imminent threat from the US government and the giant corporations it serves. Protect IP and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) will impose draconian control and cause lasting damage. Once passed, there will be no going back. More information.
Signing is the least you can do to protect freedom on the internet. SIGN NOW.
I want you all to remember, as you scroll pass your dashboards at light speeds, a war has already begun, right now, as you read this. This is no exaggeration, I and many others have seen the good freedom of information can do. But so have the giants that ate and slept while we worked and dreamed. We have evolved to acquire most of our essential data from the internet, and it is this very arena they are currently trying to topple and gain control over.
Look at what the media has turned into now, that is the fate of the internet if we allow these coming changes to take their course. The digital web** that allowed for groups of people to connect world wide is now going under attack by those who came to the same realization that a unified world means a tiny, almost non existent government power. They wish to strip these connections and drive us back to a time where it mattered more what nation you were from than what you had to say.
Don’t scroll around and let this happen, this is one act you will not want to miss out on and think ‘it will solve itself or/ someone will come save us’. No. You are that someone, we need every person right now to treat this as serious as it is. We are all in a point in history where nobody knows what tomorrow may look like. Do you know what kind of moment that is called? A moment you seize.