UK Censorship

The Ying And Yang Of Content Moderation In The Age Of Netflix

Ed Pinkney | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Tech
Ed Pinkney

Media producers and regulators need to take a considered approach to how they portray suicide in drama and film. Campaigners can learn from other public health debates such as the portrayal of cigarette smoking.

Theresa May's Muddled Response To Terrorism

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

On Sunday 4 June 2017, in response to the latest London terrorist outrage, Theresa May came up with a new approach to the problem. However, upon examination, it is neither new nor practical but muddled and self-defeating.

Freedom Of The Press In Ukraine, Or Why Maidan's Democratic Legacy Needs Protection

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

What worries me most is that the ongoing erosion of democratic freedoms in Ukraine seriously undermined the credibility of the Ukrainian democratic project by reversing the democratic progress made during the Maidan protests, which could force Ukraine's international allies to reconsider their support in its struggle against Russia.

It's Time To Talk About Min Aung Hlaing

Mark Farmaner | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese military, is the most powerful person in Burma. It is his soldiers and security forces who have be...

Students Should Stand Up To The Safe Space Censors

Naomi Firsht | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Firsht

The pro-Safe Space brigade always give the same defence for their restrictive policies, claiming that implementing rules on what language is acceptable and how people should interact, allow greater freedom of expression for marginalised, oppressed groups. The argument that more censorship equates to greater free speech is nothing short of Orwellian.

Facebook Just Censored This 16th Century Statue For Being 'Sexually Explicit'

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Tech

Facebook has taken prudishness to a whole new level, as it banned a picture of a sixteenth-century-statue for being too “sexually explicit”. The b...

Students At Top Uni Ban Pro-Life Group... Because It 'Would Be A Barrier To Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students at one of Scotland’s top universities are embroiled in a free speech row after pro-life supporters were banned from setting up an official ...

As A Fellow Fatty, Here's Why I Support Kim Jong-un's Censorship Of China's Search Engine

Samantha Rea | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Rea

And so I feel for Kim Jong-un, who's also a fatty with no desire to do anything about it, except obliterate any mention of his fatness in the media. Apparently, North Korean officials have asked China to ban any references to him as "Kim Fatty the Third," a nickname so popular, it gets suggested by auto-complete on China's leading search engine, Baidu.

'Blocking Extreme Porn' Is A Gateway To Internet Censorship

Jerry Barnett | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Jerry Barnett

And so their moment has come. If these plans come to pass, the BBFC will be granted the power to order Internet providers to block sites that don't conform to its bizarre standards. However, it should be noted that these standards are based on moral judgement rather than actual evidence of harm.

City University's Banning of the Mail, Express and Sun Is A Fascist Policy

Jack Fenwick | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fenwick

The irony of the whole thing is that banning publications you don't agree with is a fundamental policy of fascist regimes. All students at City are automatically members of the SU and therefore automatically members of an organisation that has now adopted a fascist policy.

Two In Three Internet Users Live Under State Censorship

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Tech

Internet freedom has fallen for the sixth year running after governments ramped up efforts to censor messaging apps, according to a damning report. Fr...

Facebook Apologises For Removing Breast Cancer Check Video

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Facebook has issued an apology after it removed a Swedish cancer charity’s video teaching people how to check their breasts. The social media site d...

Liberty: In Name Only

Jacob Daniels | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Daniels

Freedom of speech and freedom of expression, these are things that we take for granted here in the UK. However, upon closer inspection the façade of ...

Has Facebook's Modern Mindset Clashed With Its Unconscious Old Fashioned Morality?

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK Tech
Andrew Keith Walker

The problem was one of editorial judgement for the newspaper and a distinct lack of it by Facebook. That photo isn't merely an image, it's a historical document. It's an image that is already in the public domain and of great historical significance as a primary source in war reporting.

Politicising Empathy: On Safe Spaces, Mental Health, And Chicago

David Browne | Posted 02.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

One's measure of empathy and compassion - or one's presumptive mental health, for that matter - cannot and should not be judged on the basis of whether they agree with proliferating trigger warnings or politicised "safe space" saviourism.

#PowerShift Docu-Series Explores The Importance Of Social Media In Countries Where Censorship Is Rife

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Tech

In countries like Turkey, Iran, China and North Korea the local population are facing a new form of censorship: the censorship of the web. By controll...

Facebook, Feudalism, and Civil Rights for Memes?

Sam Harrison | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

Friday 2PM CST use this overlay on your profile pic This week, a worldwide, several-day protest was begun against a hated power whose unaccountable ...

Musician Slams Facebook For Removing Her Status About Period Pain

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A musician has been left “dumbfounded” and “insulted” after Facebook removed a status she had posted about period pain. Melody Pool, from Mel...

#FreeTheNipple: Hundreds Gather In Topless Protest On Brighton Beach

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Hundreds of men and women went topless on Brighton Beach this weekend to protest against social media policies banning female nipples. The peaceful pr...

Tiananmen Ducks And 9 Other Times Chinese Censorship Embarrassingly Backfired

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK

Saturday is the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in the Chinese capital. The student-led, pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing, w...

Instagram Is Censoring Hashtags Such As #Lesbian, #Gays And #Bi, Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Instagram is filtering out lesbian, gay and bisexual content, by censoring images collated under a range of hashtags. Earlier this month, The Data Pac...

Safe Spaces Are Not About Political Correctness - They're About Dealing With People Who Tell You What to Think

Gus Cairns | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK
Gus Cairns

You should realise when you are riding roughshod over someone's pain and should f*****g shut up and listen a bit if you actually want people to engage with your point of view, and maybe agree to disagree. Instead of feeling they have to run away, or block their ears and go la-la-la. Or no-platform you, which is the institutional equivalent.

The NUS Is Only Half the Problem

Ellie Spawton | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Spawton

We simply cannot do this if we obsess over this new victim mentality, seeking offense where none is intended. We cannot do this if we refuse to allow those we disagree with to speak. This is a generation of intellectual cowards; whether the NUS disaffiliation campaigns are successful or not, nothing will change until we do.

Here's Why The NUS Just Voted To 'Ban' Yik Yak

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has voted to heavily restrict anonymous messages on apps such as Yik Yak. Supporters of the decision, made on Tuesday a...

Safe Spaces Are a Symptom of Student Support Failings

Ed Pinkney | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

Instead of criticising the methods of those students stepping up to try and help their peers, we can admire their compassion, and respect their determination to plug a failing support system. And if civil liberties campaigners don't want this to deteriorate into censorship then they can join efforts to make sure that adequate support exists.