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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'... More »

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,... More »

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 "... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Missouri School Yanks Gay Teens' Yearbook Quotes

It worried quotes about being in the closet could 'potentially offend another student'

(Newser) - Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz are out and proud, and the high school seniors chose yearbook quotes to reflect that. So the students in Kearney, Mo., were less than thrilled when they opened up their new yearbooks to discover blank spaces under their names, reports KCTV5 , instead of the quotes... More »

Country Bans Winnie the Pooh on Social Media

Censors aren't taking comparisons to president lightly

(Newser) - Users of the Chinese social app Weibo are seeing a cryptic message after typing the seemingly harmless name of children’s book character Winnie the Pooh: "Content is illegal.” According to USA Today , the beloved bear has been blacklisted from posts on Sina Weibo (China’s wildly popular... More »

Students Discover Yearbook Is Missing Select Political Slogans

Teacher suspended after Trump gear is altered in photos

(Newser) - Students at a New Jersey high school are crying censorship after noticing something significant was missing from their yearbook photos: Trump slogans. According to Asbury Park Press , a teacher and yearbook club adviser at New Jersey’s Wall High School has been suspended after someone allegedly retouched students’ photos to... More »

Russia: Image of Putin in Makeup Is Illegal

But it's unclear exactly which of many such images is banned

(Newser) - A list of "extremist" materials banned by the Russian justice ministry recently got its 4,071st entry: a Photoshopped image of Vladimir Putin wearing makeup, the Guardian reports. According to CNN , a simple retweet of the image could net the sharer 15 days in prison or a $53 fine.... More »

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 »

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