Online Censorship Website Catalogs Censorship Across Social Media

It’s not just gamers recognizing that the concrete law of censorship is weighing heavy on the social interactions and information access we have in today’s inter-connected society. The growth of the internet — and the historical value of accessing cultural data we never would have had access to just two decades ago — has opened a gateway for a new kind of threat to information freedom: online censorship.

Social outrage propagated by media click-bait and the rising presence of journalists infiltrating our everyday life with outrage culture has caused a serious decline in the average user’s ability to access information freely and factually. This has become so very, very apparent when you look at how things get reported and what gets censored, blocked, prohibited and banned from all sorts of social media platforms, including those that service gamer culture.

The website OnlineCensorship.org is a platform that opens up the average, everyday user to the ability to find out what’s being censored on some of their favorite platforms and why. Think of it as an independent version of Reddit’s /r/Undelete, which shows a bunch of posts and submissions on the giant social media platform that have been censored or deleted, some of which are done because of the moderator’s political bias or sociopolitical agendas.

Golden Frog recently wrote about the opening of Online Censorship as an initiative by the EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF is the same group who worked closely with a grassroots crowd-funding campaign back in November of 2014 to remove DMCAs against abandonware. The law was recently changed regarding copyrighted abandonware in the video game industry as recent as October, 2015. Now gamers can utilize tools to bypass DRM-laden abandonware if the copyright holder no longer offers the tools to play a game properly.

Nevertheless, the article on Golden Frog makes it known that the Online Censorship organization wants to put transparency back into the hands of users and expose the reasons of banned content to the rest of the world, this way everyone can see if it’s actually worth having banned or censored…

“Users on the site can submit their own reports of content deletions, learn how to appeal content removals on various sites and read case studies and other reports on content restrictions. The data collected aims to provide insight into trends around content deletions and context for these deletions, as well as to spread awareness in hopes of making companies more accountable.”

The process is pretty simple, as it walks users through the step by step submission of a censored piece of content. Users will use the Submit Report button and select from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Instagram or YouTube. Sadly, no support for N4G, Daily Motion, or Reddit.

The whole point is to raise public awareness of regulated speech and content online. Not every case will result in the content being unbanned or the user account being unsuspended, but the whole point is that any submissions of censorship can be used in future analytical reports, as noted on the site…

“Even if you choose not to submit your identifying information, the data you provide will help us to gain a fuller picture of how companies are enforcing their terms of service to regulate content online. We plan to provide reports and visualizations once we have a sufficient pool of data. Some submissions may be integrated into case studies or analyses when we notice particular trends (but any identifiable data will only be used with your permission, of course).”

This should prove useful, especially in situations where a platform like Reddit goes on a censorship sprees… similar to what happened with #GamerGate back in August of 2014; or all the shadowbans and censorship banhammers that dropped during the Ellen Pao fiasco during the summer of 2015, as reported by Business Insider.

You can follow the organization on Twitter at @Censored or visit the official Online Censorship website to learn more about what they do and how they catalog information to help today’s tech savvy society become more aware of certain kinds of censorship that can drastically alter the course of regional or global cultures.

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10 thoughts on “Online Censorship Website Catalogs Censorship Across Social Media

  1. Very interesting indeed, and looks like a good idea. Hopefully they’ll implement enough ‘safeguards’ in this website to prevent SJWs/feminists from infesting it.

    One of the biggest problems with SJWs and feminists has always been when they somehow get into positions of power on the Internet and shut down any justified dissenting opinions about their retarded ideology.

    An example being the moderator Outrider on the Phantasy Star Online world forums.

    1. I did kind of wish they let you submit stuff for N4G and Reddit, though. Although… at least Reddit has /r/Undelete. N4G can delete/censor stuff and no one will know but the admin/mods and the user who had their content pulled. If someone doesn’t make an article out of it or send it to someone the only way to see it is to make an account and check the failed section (unless a mod purposefully deletes it before anyone can check).

      As for the SJWs getting into power… I don’t think it would work well with a site like that because they would essentially be censoring submissions about content being censored on social media. Heh, I mean it’s possible an SJW could try but they would literally be undermining the purpose of the site and I doubt the EFF would let that fly since they’re very anti-censorship.

      1. I did kind of wish they let you submit stuff for N4G and Reddit, though. Although… at least Reddit has /r/Undelete. N4G can delete/censor stuff and no one will know but the admin/mods and the user who had their content pulled. If someone doesn’t make an article out of it or send it to someone the only way to see it is to make an account and check the failed section (unless a mod purposefully deletes it before anyone can check).

        Completely agree. Moderators purposely deleting stuff before anyone even gets to see or check it is fucking despicable. In fact, I can see Japanese developers adopting this kind of behavior (like Capcom have already done) for self-censorship on their games if the SJW/feminist bullcrap carries on.

        As for N4G, I think it’s beyond redemption to be completely honest. At least until the SJW feminist money stops rolling into Christopher’s bank account.

        As for the SJWs getting into power… I don’t think it would work well with a site like that because they would essentially be censoring submissions about content being censored on social media. Heh, I mean it’s possible an SJW could try but they would literally be undermining the purpose of the site and I doubt the EFF would let that fly since they’re very anti-censorship.

        It’s hugely disappointing that we actually have to use these methods to deal with and get around the corruption. Really does speak volumes on the state of video games right now.

        If I were to advise, I would recommend the website to keep a very close eye on the staff it hires. SJWs and feminists like to sneak in subtlety by keeping silent and pretending to be for anti-censorship, free expression, etc., and then work their way up the ladder. Once they have landed a position of power, that’s when you start to see their agenda come out slowly, and they’ll start getting and gathering their SJW/feminist mob onto their side in Social Media. By this time it’s usually too late, because if you call them out, they’ll scream “racist”, “sexist” or “misogynist” and inform their Twitter mobs to gather their pitchforks.

        And then suddenly it’s the employer that might get fired.

    2. The problem is that people are not willing to play the same game. We need to ban them, Blacklist them, call for their jobs, etc. This is the only way we can get rid of SJW’s and bring back normality. But everytime some idiot say “we are not like them” “We are becoming the monster we are fighting for” “we are using the no bad tactic only bad target”, etc. THEY WILL GET INTO POSITIONS OF POWERS and destroy this site. Hell, the only thing that is keeping them away from destroying KIA is users like me, calling out the sub everytime they move to the SJW side. And this idiots call us ggrevolt, D&C, shills, etc.

      1. But everytime some idiot say “we are not like them” “We are becoming the
        monster we are fighting for” “we are using the no bad tactic only bad
        target”, etc. THEY WILL GET INTO POSITIONS OF POWERS and destroy this
        site. Hell, the only thing that is keeping them away from destroying KIA
        is users like me, calling out the sub everytime they move to the SJW
        side. And this idiots call us ggrevolt, D&C, shills, etc.

        That’s why I’ve always advocated for a more clear definition of the principles of GamerGate for people to follow.

        In my personal opinion, GamerGate’s core principles should be the advocation of the following:

        1) Anti-censorship
        2) Free speech
        3) Freedom of creativity and expression
        4) Ethical journalism
        5) Anti-PC/Feminism (1 – 4 covers this as well)

        The above, in my opinion, should be what GamerGate is about, because GG was founded on the corruption in mainstream video games media, caused directly by SJWs and feminism.

        I’m not an authoritarian and people should be able to use GG in whatever way they want. But following the set of principles listed above would greatly limit the corruption and in-fighting within GG.

      2. You can just bend that and say you are “anti agents of corruption” and categorize the SJW as agents of corruption.
        It takes away the political undertone, while properly recognizing the reality that these people are often the people behind the corruption, and dealing with them accordingly.

      3. What you say is one of the reasons there’s often problems.
        The good guys want to treat the bad guys by standards the bad guys don’t adhere to.

        It’s like the people that defend freedom of speech in such a naive and idealistic way they would even defend someone asking for the removal of free speech.

        Principles must follow a logical goal, they must have some practical viability to them, and not be just idealism.

  2. FYI, it’s not just wiki being mobbed in the name of censoring, project gutenberg, code bases and all else is being destroyed.

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