Doctor Who writer axed over transgender tweets

Found on BBC News on Saturday, 08 June 2019
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Writer Gareth Roberts has been dropped from an upcoming Doctor Who anthology over "offensive" transphobic tweets, BBC Books has confirmed.

"It is impossible for a person to change their biological sex. I don't believe anybody is born in the wrong body," he said.

Ebury's decision to drop Roberts over his tweets, which it says conflicts with its "values as a publisher", has sparked debate on social media.

So, personal opinions are only allowed if they do not hurt the feelings of even minorities. That will be a fad and boring world.

Age verification biz claims no-payment model for 40% of Brits ahead of July pr0n ban

Found on The Register on Thursday, 09 May 2019
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A startup is claiming to have signed age verification contracts with a host of smut site operators – and is hoping 40 per cent of Britons will display their privates to it in July.

The company has not responded to The Register's enquiries about its business model, given that its website boasts that it charges neither consumers or porn companies for its services.

With the British government seemingly hellbent on forcing Britons to compromise their privacy and personal data in order to access certain internet services used by many folk, whether or not they admit it, companies like these are going to be springing up everywhere.

It would not be surprising if the visited websites could link your visit to your account.

EU Tells Internet Archive That Much Of Its Site Is 'Terrorist Content'

Found on Techdirt on Saturday, 13 April 2019
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And as if they were attempting to show just how absolutely insane the law would be for the internet, multiple European agencies (we can debate if they're "competent") decided to send over 500 totally bogus takedown demands to the Internet Archive last week, claiming it was hosting terrorist propaganda content.

Included in the list of takedown demands are a bunch of the Archive's "collection pages" including the entire Project Gutenberg page of public domain texts, it's collection of over 15 million freely downloadable texts, the famed Prelinger Archive of public domain films and the Archive's massive Grateful Dead collection. Oh yeah, also a page of CSPAN recordings.

Sadly, it's even worse than what the pessimists expected.

German Government's Bullying Of FOI Group

Found on Techdirt on Friday, 05 April 2019
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One of the many concerns about the upload filters of the EU's Copyright Directive is that they could lead to censorship, even if that is not the intention. The problem is that once a filtering mechanism is in place to block unauthorized copies of materials, it is very hard to stop its scope being widened beyond copyright infringement.

Even though the report was paid for by the German public, obtained legally -- and can still be requested by anyone -- FragDenStaat is not allowed to distribute it. The Regional Court in Cologne has ruled that would be an infringement of the German State's copyright, and ordered it to be taken down.

It will only get worse.

Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism

Found on Motherboard on Wednesday, 27 March 2019
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The new policy, which will be officially implemented next week, highlights the malleable nature of Facebook’s policies, which govern the speech of more than 2 billion users worldwide.

Specifically, Facebook will now ban content that includes explicit praise, support, or representation of white nationalism or separatism.

If one really wants to nitpick, one could say that's racist too. Just by silencing a voice you cannot make the opinion go away; it will be raised somewhere else.

Mental health: UK could ban social media over suicide images, minister warns

Found on BBC News on Sunday, 27 January 2019
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The minister earlier called on social media giants to "purge" material promoting self-harm and suicide in the wake of links to a teenager's suicide.

Papyrus, a charity that works to prevent youth suicide, said it has been contacted by around 30 families in the past week who believe social media had a part to play in their children's suicides.

Mr Hancock said he was "horrified" to learn of Molly's death and feels "desperately concerned to ensure young people are protected".

Without any question it is a great tragic for the parents, but trying to remove content is not a solution. The more pressing question is why they kill themselves. Censoring is just an attempt to remove the trigger, and that does not fix the underlying problem.

Netflix removes comedy episode after Saudi complaint

Found on BBC News on Wednesday, 02 January 2019
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Netflix has removed from its streaming service in Saudi Arabia an episode of a satirical comedy that was critical of the kingdom's rulers.

In the episode that was removed, Minhaj criticises Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

In the episode, Minhaj also criticises Saudi involvement in the conflict in Yemen.

In other words, Netflix helps hiding the truth.

Fighting on Twitter? In the UK, You Could Be Arrested for That.

Found on The Stranger on Thursday, 27 December 2018
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Parliament is considering reforming the GRA so that all that is required for a legal gender change is self-declaration. If you say you’re a woman, a man, or nonbinary, that’s what you are.

While reforming the law is largely, but not entirely, supported by trans people and their allies, supporters have faced fierce resistance from a number of feminists who are concerned that predatory males will use self-id to gain access to female-only spaces.

The police didn’t tell Linehan which specific tweets Harrop complained about, but shortly before the police visited Linehan’s house, Harrop had appeared in a televised debate with Posie Parker, a feminist writer who is opposed to changing the GRA.

After Linehan saw the debate, he posted a link to the video, tweeting, “Have a look at this again and ask yourself why Parker is banned from various platforms, while Harrop isn’t. Could it be anything to do with...male privilege? Could it have anything to do with men deciding what women are and are not allowed to say?” The next day, the police dropped in at his house.

Sounds like the UK is one step before facecrime and thoughtcrime with all this diversity madness. Now we're at the point where feminists are getting afraid of diversity females after the LGBTQ community reached some of their goals. Please lean back and let that sink in for a moment.

Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th

Found on The Verge on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
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Tumblr will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th in a move that will eradicate porn-related communities on the platform and fundamentally alter how the service is used.

After December 17th, any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms. For now, Tumblr is emailing users who have posted adult content flagged by algorithms and notifying them that their content will soon be hidden from view.

Under Oath, Tumblr has been cleaning up its platform more rapidly than it had done in previous years.

User numbers will fall rapidly and within a year, Tumblr will be as important as MySpace.

Google Shut Out Privacy and Security Teams From Secret China Project

Found on The Intercept on Friday, 30 November 2018
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The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a search engine for China that would censor broad categories of information about human rights, democracy, and peaceful protest.

Beaumont and other executives then shut out members of the company’s security and privacy team from key meetings about the search engine, the four people said, and tried to sideline a privacy review of the plan that sought to address potential human rights abuses.

Google’s leadership considered Dragonfly so sensitive that they would often communicate only verbally about it and would not take written notes during high-level meetings to reduce the paper trail, two sources said.

If Dragonfly goes live, Google will be directly responsible for dissidents getting jailed and their possible deaths.