Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet. Behind the Scenes, It Became a Toxic Mess
Google’s internet freedom moonshot has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects. But current and former employees, leaked documents, and internal messages reveal a grim reality.
Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey Attended Closed-Door Meeting With President Trump
The meeting lasted 30 minutes, and touched on "the health of the public conversation on Twitter," according to an internal Twitter email obtained by Motherboard.
Canadian Internet Filtering Company Says It's Stopped 'Alternative Lifestyles' Censorship
The UAE was found to be blocking LGBTQ content using a pre-set category in Netsweeper's software. Amid pressure from rights groups, the company says it's disabled that category.
Google CEO Says No Plan to ‘Launch’ Censored Search Engine in China
In a hearing with the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai kept saying the company has no plans right now to launch a search product in China. But that response leaves plenty of room to launch when it does want to.
Tumblr’s Algorithm Thinks Vomiting Unicorns, Raw Chicken, and Boot Cleaners Are Porn
Users have been sharing their innocuous posts that have been deemed #TooSexyForTumblr.
The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felony
The RIAA has also renewed calls for the government to consider 'website blocking' and filtering to stop music piracy.
The One Place in the US Google Earth Stopped Mapping
For eight years, Google Earth didn't update its satellite image of a military installation in Nevada. So we bought one ourselves.
EU Passes Controversial Copyright Law With ‘Link Taxes’
Lawmakers exempted non-commercial and smaller platforms from the directive, but opponents of the law still worry that it will lead to greater censorship on the internet.
After Google and Amazon Drop Anti-Censorship Support, Wickr Steps In
On Thursday, Wickr announced that paying, and soon free, users will be able to route their Wickr traffic through a network used to circumvent internet censorship, which could be useful for users in Iran, Russia, or perhaps China.
Charter Cable Doesn't Want You to See This Political Campaign Ad
Cable companies censoring political messaging sets a dangerous precedent.
How Censoring Strippers Affects All Women
New York-based stripper and writer Reese Piper on how social media hashtags can be a vital lifeline for women.
Users Accuse Instagram of Censoring Hashtags About Sex Work and Women
Sex worker advocates are taking to social media to decry Instagram's reported censorship of words like #woman and #femalestrippers as yet another example of harmfully targeting sex workers in the wake of SESTA/FOSTA.