I believe the land of internet discourse is beset by a mob mentality. Anyone who is seen to offend is often subject to a witch-hunt. Discourse is dead, and we killed it.
With Facebook, YouTube and Twitter freely swinging their ban hammer, I think we need to talk about censorship.
After one journalist was completely discredited through a bogus Twitter thread, I believe those who plug for internet censorship are kept by one simple definition.
In this week alone, we’ve banned a Christmas song, the use of meat-based puns, The Little Mermaid and conversing with women. I fear whatever sense that was left is now gone.
Trumpy Bear in time for Christmas, Facebook censoring religious imagery and dead voters still on the electoral rolls: these are the stories flooding our newsfeed this week…but which one of them is actually true?
Censorship, if left unchecked, can lead to brutality. This is the lesson I learned from those who endured the worst of us.
Alex Jones being kicked off the air was just the most notable neck chopped in a towering wave of sanctioned censorship.
The censorship laws in this country do not reflect our modern experience. Instead, our government is making our choices for us.
The recent ban of Alex Jones on Youtube highlights the start of a worrying trend. Social media is the next great bastion of controlled rhetoric.
Almost 60 years ago, Lady Chatterley’s lover brought sex and lust into the courtroom and changed the way we thought about censoring literature.
Last week, the Manchester Art Gallery took down a 19th-century image because it depicted nudity. The naked truth applying our rules to the past is censorship. Nothing more.
There seems to be a general misunderstanding about Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit. It has nothing to do with free speech.
While the focus might be on shadowy Russian forces subverting the internet, two more familiar companies are very noticeably clamping down on free speech.
After I recently shared an article that merely restated admitted instances, I found myself banned by Facebook, only to be reinstated, with no explanation given.
Facebook users are seeing their posts censored without an official reason, with a meme that satirises Trump’s Muslim ban at the forefront of it.
Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is back in the spotlight, stoking a fire over free speech that flames even Left and Right default convention.
With the backlash surrounding the recently erected statue of Mary Seacole, we look back at historical erections that brought the greatest ire.
The arrest of Turkish journalist and mother of two, Arzu Yildiz, is merely one of many fierce crackdowns by the Turkish government on its media outlets.
Richard Jackson’s weekly #longreads: the journalist who undid Sepp Blatter, Russia’s distortion of the news and the Clinton’s $2 billion global empire.
We may all be guilty of using the TV as a babysitter occasionally, but Anne Johnston reckons Cartoon Network Australia are creating a nanny state with their frequent, unnecessary censorship.
Today, TBS gives writer, comedian and TBS regular Xavier Toby some “freedom of speech” as we kick off the start of a regular, bi-monthly column on “The most Australian thing to happen this week (imho)”…
Backlash still continues over GTA 5 being pulled from shelves due to its content. Ash Imani muses on freedom of expression, freedom of speech and our ever-shifting moral landscape.