Steven Universe is a show that prides itself in subverting gender sterotypes and championing non-binary displays of love, so two feminine characters dancing seems like a pretty mild thing to worry about. Fear not though, as there’s some very absurd people over at Cartoon Network UK who think that the above gif is TOO…
One of Nintendo’s biggest releases in 2015 is the sprawling 100-hour adventure Xenoblade Chronicles X, released earlier this year in Japan. It’s great-looking and fun. That’s not in dispute. The most heated debate about the game—making it the latest flashpoint in ongoing skirmishes over censorship, creative freedom…
Sony apparently didn’t care very much that the script to its new sci-fi comedy movie Pixels is pretty bad. It did, however, go to pains to ensure that Pixels would pass Chinese censorship boards with flying colors. Goodbye integrity, hello authoritarian-sanctioned blockbuster.
A student enrolled at Crafton Hills College has protested the inclusion of a number of graphic novels in the curriculum for her English 250 course. Tara Shultz, along with her parents and friends have called for the “eradic[ation] [of the books] from the system,” and have complained to the College’s administrators…
Among the many science papers preserved online is the famous (and at one time, infamous) column written by Margaret Sanger. It only ran for a short while and was banned for obscenity, but now remains one of the more interesting historical documents out there.
A recent crackdown on file-sharing sites in China mean that fans of American TV shows — including the addictive likes of The Walking Dead and House of Cards — may soon be unable to get their fix.
Iran's Ministry of Communication recently announced that it will give more mobile providers licenses for high-speed Internet services. But the Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi says authorities should first introduce measures that would prevent access to the "un-Islamic" and "negative features" of the technology.
We have rating systems for movies, television shows, and video games—so why not rating systems for books? That's the thought behind services that rate books with the aim of helping parents and protecting children. But these services are contributing to censorship in schools—and harming public education in the process.
What do China's online censors fear most? Citizens discussing mass protests and other forms of collective action, according to Harvard University researchers. Their findings also flout the conventional wisdom that the censorship apparatus is primarily designed to squelch criticism of the Communist Party or its leaders.
For 17 years, James Doyle was a nuclear policy specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he wrote an article that made the case for getting rid of nuclear weapons. After that, his computer was seized, he was accused of releasing classified information, and then he was fired. What happened?
When a Canadian border official learned that Emily Atkin was a U.S. reporter coming to see the country's tar sands, he detained her for nearly an hour of questioning. As Atkin soon discovered, harassing environmental and science journalists remains the norm in our friendly neighbor to the north.
For years, Iran has been blocking foreign television channels. Now, the country's medical community is convinced that these electronic countermeasures are responsible for a growing number of cancer cases—and their concerns recently received support from a Grand Ayatollah.
This short film, "Hong Kong Will Be Destroyed In 33 Years," has become a huge hit on Youtube in the past month, racking up over 600,000 views. But don't try and search for it on the Chinese video search service Baidu — it's been removed.
There's not been a lot of discussion of evolution in Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos so far, and yet a very slight reference to it was so upsetting to Fox's Oklahoma City affiliate that they just "happened" to run a promo for the nightly news over the show's sole mention it, as you can see in the above video.
No, not Cory Doctorow — E.L. Doctorow, author of The March and Billy Bathgate. At a National Book Awards ceremony, Doctorow sounded very much like his namesake as he warned of the dehumanizing potential of internet surveillance and Big Data.
Well, that sucks. School administrators in Alamogordo, NM decided to pull Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere from a supplemental reading list, where it had been for 10 years, because one parent complained about a slightly racy scene. Without talking to teachers first, natch. Bleh.
Google recently released statistics on all the legal requests it gets to censor the Web via its many services, from Search to YouTube. Now Sebastian Sadowski has created some handy visualizations of all the ways information is being censored — perhaps without you even realizing it.
Turns out we were all pointing fingers at the wrong party in the banning of Brian K. Vaughan's acclaimed comic Saga from Apple devices. (Including Vaughan himself.) Comixology, which distributes Saga on Android and iOS devices, has come forward and taken responsibility. And fixed the mess.