POLICE STATE FASCISM: Smartphone Software Now Censoring Political Sites
In fact this is already starting to happen, and as this trend continues there is going to be more of a push to censor political information that is transmitted through these mediums.Â Unfortunately, that has already began to happen as well.
âNow, a sinister new trend has started, whereby phone providers are automatically blocking access to certain websites for âmature contentâ, rather than âadult contentâ.
Mobile provider 3UK isÂ blocking access to political satire as âmature contentâ; Orange is preventing access to feminist articles as âmature contentâ through its automatically applied Orange Safeguard service; several providers are blocking perfectly legitimate sites like Pink News because they deal with gay issues, orÂ Channel 4â˛s excellent Embarrassing Bodies website, because of the graphic discussion of body parts and sexuality.
This was bad enough when these services were blocking porn (I for one wholeheartedly support the right of teenagers to watch smut on their iPhones), but now it seems overzealous providers are blocking access to anything a Catholic Bishop might consider for adults only. This carries not only the problem of âoverblockingâ caused by lazy filter design â notably,Â itâs hard to get your website read if it refers to Middlesex or ScunthorpeÂ â but also as these filters are automatically applied, most people donât even realise they are losing access to certain parts of the web.â
Regardless of what the content is and how different people feel about it politically, there is no content that should be blocked.Â If they can block this content there, then they can push the envelope wherever they want.
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J.G. VibesÂ is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook calledÂ Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intel Hub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio.Â
You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his websitewww.aotmr.com