Free Speech

Twitter will tell users if content was blocked to comply with local laws or legal demands

Twitter will now display messages to inform users if blocked tweets were withheld to comply with local laws or court orders, which it calls Country Withheld Content (CWC). The public already has infor

Silenced by ‘free speech’

There's a fundamental incongruency between being pro 'free speech' and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it, too

Here’s how to kick nazis off your Twitter right now

While you wait for Twitter to roll out "more aggressive" rules regarding hate speech, which CEO Jack Dorsey promised are coming within "weeks" as of late Friday, here's a quick workaround to kick naz

Twitter breaks its silence on McGowan suspension

Twitter has abruptly broken its own policy of not commenting on individual accounts to explain why it temporarily suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan late yesterday, after she had been twee

A group of Twitter users is suing Trump for blocking them

In a lawsuit filed today, a small cluster of Twitter users is suing the president for blocking them on the platform. The case, brought forward by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia Unive

UK and France to jointly pressure tech firms over extremist content

The leader of the UK's new minority government, Theresa May, is in France today for talks with her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, and the pair are slated to launch a joint crack down on online e

Unless online giants stop the abuse of free speech, democracy and innovation is threatened

When thousands, perhaps millions, of people use social networks to spread hate speech, online harassment and abuse, the problem might often seem insurmountable. But whatever approaches are being used

Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ battle in Japan

Google has won a long-standing battle in Japan that drew parallels with Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. The Japanese Supreme Court today dismissed a case against the U.S.

Facebook is censoring posts in Thailand that the government has deemed unsuitable

For millions of people, Facebook is the internet -- but many of those who rely on the social network for news and views may not be aware that Facebook isn't immune to internet censorship itself.

Reddit CEO admits he secretly edited comments from Donald Trump supporters

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has admitted that he modified comments about him left on the site from supporters of Donald Trump.

Tor’s new social contract includes ‘no backdoors’ pledge

Pro-privacy organization Tor, which distributes anonymizing web browser tools, has published a social contract -- promoting what it dubs its commitment to 'advancing human rights'.

Twitter Forms A “Trust & Safety Council” To Balance Abuse Vs Free Speech

Twitter’s latest step in the tricky balancing act of championing free speech without also handing a free pass to orchestrated harassment via its platform is the announcement today that it&#821

Twitter Announces Deal To Revive Politwoops

Political gaffes on Twitter will once again be preserved on the website Politwoops, according to an announcement from Twitter. The company blocked API access for Politwoops earlier this year, a move

After Paris Attacks, Telegram Purges ISIS Public Content

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and amid ongoing operations to catch the perpetrators, with fears of further attacks swirling -- secure messaging app Telegram has shuttered a swa

Facebook Agrees To Do More To Help Combat Hate Speech In Germany

Europe's refugee crisis has spilled over to Facebook. In Germany, where thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing conflict in their own country are being offered asylum, Facebook has found itself being pre

Blogging Platform Medium Takes A Firmer Stance On Harassment And Revenge Porn

It's time to clean up the Internet, apparently. Blogging platform Medium this week joined Google and Microsoft, as well as other social platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and more recently Reddit,

Yes Your ******* Startup Can Cut A Little Free Speech

The internet’s ugliness has been revealed in so many different ways these past few months, it almost makes you want to pull the plug on all of it (I can’t of course, because Apple already removed

Confirmed: Nuance Has Bought Virtual Assistant Specialist VirtuOz To Ramp Up Its Enterprise Services

TechCrunch has received a copy of a memo indicating that <a target="_blank" href="">Nuance</a>, the speech and natural language technology giant that also powers Apple's Siri voi

How The EFF Lost Its Way By Defending Hate Mongers And Tunnel Rats

<img src="" width="215" height="139" /> Free speech is a basic human right and is essential to creativity and innovation

Opie & Anthony Return to XM Satellite Radio After Month-Long Suspension

The suspension is over. One month after XM suspended them for some convoluted reason, Opie & Anthony returned to the satellite radio company’s airwaves today, celebrating by giving away a wh