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China, or Disney, Did a Number on Homer
China, or
Disney,
Did a Number
on Homer

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China, or Disney, Did a Number on Homer

'Simpsons' is now streaming in Hong Kong, but one episode is missing

(Newser) - When Disney+ debuted in Hong Kong earlier this month, viewers were able to stream 32 seasons of the Simpsons. Or nearly all 32 seasons. As it turns out, one particular episode is missing, and it just happens to ridicule China. Coverage:
  • The show: The missing episode, which originally aired in
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Serena Williams: 'We Must Not Stay Silent' on Peng Shuai

WTA chairman weighs pulling organization out of China

(Newser) - US tennis legend Serena Williams has joined the chorus of calls demanding to know #WhereIsPengShuai. "This must be investigated and we must not stay silent," Williams tweeted Thursday, adding she was "devastated and shocked" by the situation with the Chinese tennis player. "I hope she is...

Future College Professes to Be a Haven for Free Speech

University of Austin will help students develop their views, organizers say

(Newser) - The University of Austin, its founders say, will soon rise up from a Texas campus in opposition to the censorship they believe to be pervasive at American colleges. Students and faculty will be free to present unpopular perspectives, the New York Times reports, starting next summer with Forbidden Courses—an...

Eternals Won't Be Released in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar
Gulf Countries Ban Eternals

Gulf Countries Ban Eternals

Censors objected to same-sex kiss

(Newser) - The latest Marvel movie comes out in the US on Friday, but in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, the release date for Eternals has been shifted from Nov. 11 to possibly never. Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that Disney was not willing to make cuts demanded by censors in...

Lithuania to Citizens: Dump Those Phones From China

Nation warns that devices from Huawei, others could be vulnerable to cyberattacks, censoring

(Newser) - Citizens in Lithuania may want to double-check what country their smartphones were made in, as there's now a new warning out from the defense ministry telling them to dump devices manufactured in one particular country. "Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid...

Microsoft: 'Human Error' Caused Famous Pic to Vanish Online

Company denies censorship led Bing to stifle search results for Tiananmen Square's 'Tank Man'

(Newser) - Friday was the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in China, which means lots of people headed online to peruse articles and pictures of the incident that led to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protester deaths. One photo that interested parties in several countries couldn't initially find, at least...

China Blocks the Buzzy 'Clubhouse' App

Citizens were using it to discuss sensitive topics

(Newser) - Chinese authorities are blocking access to Clubhouse, a social media app that allowed users in China to discuss sensitive topics with people abroad, the AP reports. The move adds Clubhouse to thousands of websites and social media apps to which the ruling Communist Party blocks access in an effort to...

Josh Hawley Begins Fighting Back
Josh Hawley's 8th-Grade
Yearbook Had Telling Signature
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Josh Hawley's 8th-Grade Yearbook Had Telling Signature

'Josh Hawley, president 2024'

(Newser) - Josh Hawley has been roundly condemned by Democrats in the wake of the Capitol riot because of his prominent role in backing former President Trump's election challenge. On Monday, however, the Missouri senator fought back in two notable ways. He scored the cover of the right-leaning New York Post ...

Zuckerberg, Chan: We're Just 'Disgusted'

Facebook's founder responds to scientists

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are responding to over 200 scientists who criticized Facebook —but what this means for the tech giant remains unclear, the Hill reports. "We take your concerns seriously and to heart," the couple wrote in a letter to scientists associated with...

Zoom Says It Blocked Meetings at China's Request

And suspended accounts of pro-democracy activists

(Newser) - Video app company Zoom says that it blocked several meetings and suspended the accounts of three activists at the request of the Chinese government. The company released details Thursday saying that in May and early June, the Chinese government notified it about several online meetings planned to commemorate the crackdown...

TikTok Rules Guard Against Posts by the 'Ugly'
TikTok Discourages
Posts by the 'Ugly'
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TikTok Discourages Posts by the 'Ugly'

The Intercept gets a look at guidelines for moderators

(Newser) - Tiktok likes to present itself as a freewheeling site where users can express their true selves. But users who are ugly, poor, have some kind of disability, or like to espouse politically dicey views might be out of luck, according to an investigation by the Intercept . The site has published...

Joke About Iran Bombing Kardashians Gets Prof Fired

Babson College says it 'condemns any type of threatening words'

(Newser) - Babson College is facing claims of censorship after firing a professor who suggested Iran respond in kind to President Trump's threat to target Iranian cultural sites . Asheen Phansey, director of sustainability at the private college in Wellesley, Mass., says he was only making a joke Tuesday when he wrote...

He Blasted China for Treatment of Muslims. China Reacted

Country yanks soccer game of Arsenal team after star player Mesut Ozil offered his take on Uighurs

(Newser) - On Friday, one of the English Premier League's star players criticized China for its incarceration of Uighur ethnic-minority Muslims , and on Sunday, that player saw his team's game get yanked from Chinese broadcasts. As the weekend approached, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a Muslim of Turkish heritage, tweeted against...

Putin Answers Criticism After Rocketman Censorship

Elton John had posted a letter to Russia's leader

(Newser) - Elton John is a musical genius, Vladimir Putin says, but he's mistaken about the Russian leader's attitudes on LGBTQ rights. John had criticized Putin over remarks he'd made in an interview with the Financial Times , after scenes showing gay sex and drug use were removed from John'...

Knitting Site Announces It's Banning Support of Trump

Ravelry bans posts, projects supporting the president, his administration

(Newser) - The latest group to take a stand against President Trump comes from ... the fiber arts community. Ravelry, which BuzzFeed calls "the most popular online forum for knitting fans," has issued a ban against any and all content supporting Trump and his administration, including "forum posts, projects, patterns,...

Nation Bans Rocketman Over Gay Sex Scene

Samoa censor says it 'violates laws against same-sex marriage'

(Newser) - Samoa is feeling the heat from LGBT activists after it banned the Elton John biopic, Rocketman , which includes a gay sex scene. The principal censor in Samoa, where sodomy is punishable by up to seven years in prison, said the film is "not good for public viewing" and "...

Bohemian Rhapsody Opens in China, With a Big Difference

Gay scenes bit the dust

(Newser) - Bohemian Rhapsody was released in China last week, but Chinese audiences saw a shorter movie than American ones: The country's censors axed references to homosexuality in the Freddie Mercury biopic, the BBC reports. The deleted scenes include the moment when Mercury, played by Rami Malek, comes out to his...

Netflix Takes Down Comedy Show After Saudis Complain

Hasan Minhaj slammed crown prince

(Newser) - Netflix is being accused of bowing to the demands of "thin-skinned Saudi royals" after making an episode of an American comedian's show unavailable in the kingdom. In the episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act, the Muslim comedian strongly criticizes crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder...

1.4K Google Workers on Secret China App: 'Urgent Ethical Issues'

Employees sign letter demanding to know what they're working on amid censorship hubbub

(Newser) - There had already been rumblings of Google employees who'd complained or defected from the company altogether to avoid having to work on a censorship-friendly search app reportedly being made for China. Now about 1,400 employees who are still there have banded together in a more cohesive way, penning...

Mom Accuses Publix of Censoring Graduation Cake
Mom Miffed at
'Summa --- Laude'
on Graduation Cake
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Mom Miffed at 'Summa --- Laude' on Graduation Cake

Publix's online system omitted 'cum' because it deemed the word 'profane'

(Newser) - Jacob Koscinski was certainly worthy of a grand graduation cake: The 18-year-old earned a 4.79 GPA in his Christian-based home-school program and is now set to head to North Carolina's Wingate University later this year on a full scholarship. But per WCIV , when partygoers got their first glimpse...

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