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Censorship

Submission + - You Can't Say That on the Internet (nytimes.com) 1

hessian writes: "A BASTION of openness and counterculture, Silicon Valley imagines itself as the un-Chick-fil-A. But its hyper-tolerant facade often masks deeply conservative, outdated norms that digital culture discreetly imposes on billions of technology users worldwide.

What is the vehicle for this new prudishness? Dour, one-dimensional algorithms, the mathematical constructs that automatically determine the limits of what is culturally acceptable."

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You Can't Say That on the Internet

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  • The fact that this exists annoys me to no end, but some of the examples actually make sense. For instance, censoring the word Vagina in iBooks: it's a body part and there's no reason to be ashamed of it, but couldn't Apple just be trying to keep the initial results G rated? The same with autocomplete in search engines. Like the source said, it's not like the content is being blocked. Facebook has always been tyrannical with content, though, and there's no excuse for that.

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