In recent months, Twitter has increasingly become embroiled in claims and counterclaims of harassment and censorship, especially pertaining to the video game industry and the so-called “GamerGate” movement. Attorney Scott Greenfield reports that Twitter is succumbing to pressures from the anti-sex crowd by tightening its policies regarding not only purported harassment but also “unauthorized” nudity. He cautions that:
How will Twitter know what’s what? Will there be roving bands of prune-faced school marms dispensing their own brand of vengeance against twits that offend their politics and sensibilities? Silly as this seems, that’s likely to be the case.
In addition to these changes, Xbiz reports that Twitter also appears to be restricting search results for adult-related terms, possibly in anticipation of closer ties with the notoriously anti-adult Google. Some in the adult industry are calling this the #Pornocalypse:
Twitter Reportedly Clamping Down on Porn Search Results
Twitter’s latest tweaks are causing concern among adult marketers, as the social media giant appears to be restricting porn- and sex-related results from its “Top Tweets” listings. Read More>>
An article by the usually reliable BGR gets the recent FCC Title II ruling completely wrong. The headline sarcastically calls the order “the FCC’s great new net neutrality rules,” despite the fact that the agency merely reinstated the same rules that had been in force from 2010 to 2014, but using a different legal basis. Further, the article inaccurately claims that the FCC is regulating the Internet as a utility. It then goes on to state that the weak rules would somehow prevent a private university from managing traffic on its own network, ultimately “ruin[ing] Netflix for you.”
On the other side, Sonic’s CEO says he welcomes the common carrier rules, while noting that they will do little to protect consumers against monopolistic pricing abuses:
It’s only the monopoly/duopoly control over the last mile, which won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, that makes neutrality protections necessary in the first place. They’re not the perfect option, but they’re the best option to protect consumers in the face of limited competition.
Google’s Blogger platform has relented on a planned adult-content ban, for now. In an interview with Xbiz, Boodigo founder Colin Rowntree says that he is building his own adult-friendly blogging platform and advises producers to avoid mainstream services like Blogger, which can impose content bans at any time. He says it’s best to self host and reminds us that Google is still blocking adult in Adwords.
Google Reverses Ban on Sexually Explicit Material on Blogger
Blogger users who share sexually explicit content have been given a reprieve — Google has made U-turn decision over a policy that was set to go in effect March 23 banning the material from its blogging network.
In other Google news, the data mining giant has also gotten its hooks into Word Press, having struck a deal some time ago to serve Google fonts to WP blogs at both the front and back end. I have applied a tool to disable Google fonts on this blog to better protect my viewers from unwanted tracking.