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Dad Has Perfect Burn for Book Club Permission Slip

Son needed OK to read 'Fahrenheit 451,' about book censorship

(Newser) - Rain on your wedding day? Not really ironic . Not being allowed to read a dystopian novel about book censorship without getting the green light from your parents? Maybe a little ironic. That's the situation Milo Radosh found himself in when he had to get a permission slip signed so... More »

Outrage After Facebook Censors 'Napalm Girl' Photo

Editor accuses Mark Zuckerberg of 'abusing your power'

(Newser) - Norway's largest newspaper is blasting Facebook for deleting an iconic photograph of a naked child during the Vietnam War from its Facebook page—and suspending the writer who posted it. The photo by Nick Ut showing children fleeing a napalm attack triggered Facebook censors because the central figure is... More »

Man Loses 14 Years of Work When Google Deletes His Blog

Dennis Cooper's misfortune is raising new censorship concerns

(Newser) - Artist Dennis Cooper made a horrifying discovery June 27: His 14-year-old blog—the sole home of his experimental writing, research, photographs, and more—was gone, Art Forum reports. According to Fusion , Cooper's blog was hosted by Google-owned Blogger, and those headed to denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com are greeted with the... More »

Lego Changes Policy on Using Bricks for Politics

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei can now get his Lego bricks in bulk

(Newser) - Whether it was a genuine change of heart, the #legosforweiwei hashtag, or other public backlash, the Lego Group is now OK sending piles of its famous bricks to the person who's been called "China's most dangerous man." The company had refused to sell in bulk to... More »

China Makes Arrests After Sex Video Goes Viral

Suspects could face life sentences

(Newser) - In another country, they might have become celebrities: A Chinese couple who appeared in a sex video that went viral have been arrested, along with at least three other people, according to state media. The footage was apparently filmed in a changing room of the Beijing flagship store of clothing... More »

160K Tell Reddit CEO Ellen Pao to 'Step Down'

Petition says Pao will 'run Reddit into the ground' if she's not ousted

(Newser) - Reddit—the site Gizmodo cheekily calls the Internet's "Fort Knox of cat GIFs"—has been in turmoil since the company on Thursday fired Victoria Taylor, the talent director who ran the most high-profile "Ask Me Anything" interviews, per the New York Times . Now a Change.org... More »

The 10 Books Parents Complained About Most

ALA finds tomes by non-white authors lead list of those that draw complaints

(Newser) - It turns out at least one part of publishing has a diverse slate of authors: the books most likely to be pulled from school and library shelves. The American Library Association today released its annual list of the 10 books receiving the most complaints from parents, educators, and other community... More »

Kansas Might Make It Easier to Prosecute Teachers

Educators may soon be on the hook for using 'harmful materials' in lesson plans

(Newser) - Kansas Democrats said they were caught "unprepared" by a discussion on a controversial bill, and now it's too late to make any amendments before it goes to a final vote. Senate Bill 56 would make it easier to prosecute teachers and school administrators in Kansas who use "... More »

Gmail Now Fully Blocked in China

It had been usable via 3rd-party apps

(Newser) - The Great Firewall has apparently expanded. Gmail hasn't been directly accessible for six months in China; now users can't reach it through third-party services like Microsoft Outlook either. The latest crackdown on Google in the country appears to have begun on Friday, according to Google data , the Wall ... More »

To Censor Article, Egypt Seizes Every Newspaper

Interview with former spy was apparently too dicey

(Newser) - Egypt swears that censorship is a thing of the past, but the government showed this week that it can still practice an old-school version when it wants. Authorities seized every copy of the newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, apparently because they felt an interview with a former spy revealed too... More »

New Jersey Home's Islamic Flag Riles Up Twitter

Muslim Mark Dunaway takes it down after critics equate it with terrrorism

(Newser) - "Jihadists are now in Garwood." Well, not exactly. New Jersey resident Mark Dunaway has removed an Islamic flag he's flown outside his home for 10 years after a photo of it was posted to Twitter and garnered comments like that one, AP reports. The black flag—which... More »

As Tiananmen Turns 25, China Yanks Google

Search engine, Gmail services have been down since last week

(Newser) - One of China's most famous crackdowns—that at Tiananmen Square—turns 25 this week, and China is apparently marking the occasion with another crackdown, this time on Google, reports Reuters . Censorship watchdog GreatFire.org says that services including Gmail and the search engine have been disrupted since last week.... More »

Why Scout Willis Walked Around New York Topless

She's protesting Instagram's anti-breast policy

(Newser) - Scout Willis spent Tuesday walking around Manhattan, sans top, while a professional photographer followed her around taking pictures, which Willis then tweeted with the hashtag #freethenipple. Why? She's mad at Instagram. Willis, Bruce and Demi's 22-year-old kid, had one of her photos removed by the picture-sharing site last... More »

Periodic Table Quote Gets Student Suspended

But school will let her speak at graduation after all after yearbook brouhaha

(Newser) - It seems school administrators in Clayton County, Georgia, should take another chemistry class: Yearbooks had already been distributed at Mundy’s Mill High School by the time they decoded a secret—and somewhat racy—message in the quote selected by the senior class vice president. Paris Gray's quote read,... More »

Iran Arrests 6 for 'Vulgar' Video of Pharrell's 'Happy'

Clip 'hurt public chastity,' Tehran's top cop says

(Newser) - A joyful homemade video of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" resulted in arrest and public humiliation for six young Iranians. Tehran's chief of police says the six people seen singing and dancing on the city's rooftops—including three unveiled young women—created a "vulgar clip which hurt public... More »

Now Turkey's Trying to Ban YouTube, Too

Leaked security meeting prompts 'administrative action'

(Newser) - Not content with having blocked/" eradicated " Twitter, Turkish authorities today blocked YouTube, after a video that appeared to show Turkish officials debating their next move regarding Syria leaked to the site. "After technical analysis and legal consideration … an administrative measure has been taken for this website,"... More »

American Gets Prison Sentence for Comedy Video

Verdict for Shezanne Cassim and friends not actually read

(Newser) - The UAE is very bad at taking a joke. The state security court in Abu Dhabi today sentenced three men—including American citizen Shezanne Cassim—to a year in prison for a goofy video they put online last year. The video, titled "Satwa G" is a mockumentary poking fun... More »

Army Censors NSA Stories on Bases

The goal is to prevent soldiers from seeing classified info

(Newser) - Anyone in America can read the Guardian's blockbuster reporting on the NSA's surveillance programs—except, apparently, US soldiers. The Army has restricted access to the British newspaper at all of its bases nationwide, the Monterey County Herald has learned. While soldiers can visit the paper's US site,... More »

Cemetery: No, You Can't Put the F-Word on a Grave

Family sought expletive-laden inscription

(Newser) - Despite a family's wishes, visitors to a Massachusetts cemetery won't be seeing the F-word on any headstones. After 23-year-old Sonny Santiago died in a February car accident, his family asked the maker of his headstone to write a controversial inscription: "You gonna remember the damn name/ I... More »

Google Reader's Demise a Win—for Iranian Censors

But most Americans won't care

(Newser) - The news of Google Reader's demise was met with cries of despair from news nerds, and shrugs from most of America. "Normal people don't use Google Reader, so get over it," reads one Daily Intel headline. "New rule: You get one tweet to memorialize how... More »

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