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The HTTP 451 Error Code for Censorship Is Now an Internet Standard

Even though it may, for now, be a largely symbolic move, I’m quite proud of those responsible for this. Bravo!

When an internet user hits a web page that has been blocked for legal reasons (read: censorship), they may be presented with a 451 error instead of the more generic 403 “forbidden” error. This is a win for transparency.

Source: The HTTP 451 Error Code for Censorship Is Now an Internet Standard | Motherboard

Facebook is censoring links to competitor social network Tsu and deleting old mentions

The problem, of course, is that Facebook is not only blocking links to that domain, but also links to articles talking about it. You probably can’t even see this post on Facebook.

Source: Facebook is censoring links to competitor social network Tsu and deleting old mentions

A web with no links? Save The Link

This already tried to pass in Europe. It almost won. Don’t say it can’t happen.

Imagine a world without links. That’s what you’re in for if Big Media lobbyists get their way. Help us save our right to link at http://SaveTheLink.org

Source: A web with no links? Save The Link

The most concerning element of Facebook’s potential new power

Worse, that filtering algorithm has increasingly turned into a pay-for-play system from news organizations. Want more people to see your content? Then “boost” your posts by shelling out some money. This already has turned Facebook into something of a two-tiered content sharing system, where the rich will inevitably see their stories go “viral” (if you can even call it that) much faster than will the poor. This inequality gap will only be exacerbated as more news organizations move over to publishing directly and the pressure—whether it be overt or implied—on those holding out increases.

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SOPA STRIKE

Today, we are striking against censorship

Join the largest online protest in history: tell Congress to stop this bill now!

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I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to vote “no” on cloture for S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, on Jan. 24th. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. It does not deserve floor consideration. I urge my representative to vote “no” on SOPA, the corresponding House bill.

Over coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation. We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation by voting “no” on cloture.

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