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Chinese Censors Change Ending of Minions Movie

Addendum tells audience supervillain was caught and went to prison for 20 years

(Newser) - This story contains spoilers for Minions: The Rise of Gru. At the end of Despicable Me prequel Minions: The Rise of Gru, future supervillain Gru and his mentor Wild Knuckles drive off, with Knuckles having faked his death to avoid capture by the Anti-Villain League. Censors in China decided not...

Tommy Lee's IG Posts Have Everyone Doing a Double Take

Motley Crue drummer's full-frontal pic fires up debate over why it was able to stay on platform for so long

(Newser) - If you missed Tommy Lee's full-frontal display on social media earlier this week, no worries—he's now sharing a painting of the photo instead. Meanwhile, some are wondering why Lee's original nude pic was able to stay up online for as long as it did in the...

China Scrubs Keanu's Flicks From Streaming Platforms
China Isn't
Happy With
Keanu Reeves
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China Isn't Happy With Keanu Reeves

Nation yanks bulk of actor's movies from streaming platforms after he did benefit concert for Tibet House

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Keanu Reeves participated in an online benefit concert held by Tibet House, a nonprofit based in New York that's tied to the Dalai Lama. Now, the 57-year-old Canadian actor is seeing the repercussions, with the Los Angeles Times reporting that China's major streaming platforms yanked...

Russian State TV Producer on Air: 'They Are Lying to You'

Marina Ovsyannikova urged Russians to 'take to the streets' to protest war before her arrest

(Newser) - An employee of Russia's state TV Channel One interrupted a live broadcast of its flagship evening news program Monday to denounce government "propaganda" and shout anti-war slogans. The protester entered the frame as anchor Ekaterina Andreeva reported on Russian efforts to combat sanctions. OVD-Info, a human rights group...

Starting Monday, No More Instagram in Russia

After same move on FB, nation bans social media site due to 'calls for violence' against Russians

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Russia blocked access to Facebook. Now citizens are about to lose access to Instagram, a widening of the net that's "squeezing the free flow of information online for Russians," per NPR . Insider reports that Roskomnadzor, Russia's media overseer, announced Thursday that starting Monday,...

Ross' Wife Is Gay? China's Censors Won't Hear of It

Fans of 'Friends' cry foul after detail is cut from episode

(Newser) - China's censors are back in the news , this time over an episode of Friends. When Ross explains to his parents that his wife has left him, the part in which he explains why—she's lesbian and has found a female partner—was cut from a recently aired rerun,...

Fight Club Has a Very Different Ending in China
Ending of Fight Club 
is Restored in China

Ending of Fight Club is Restored in China

It had been replaced with text saying authorities foiled plan

(Newser) - Update: The original ending of Fight Club has been restored on a streaming service in China after an outcry over what appeared to be extremely heavy-handed censorship. On Tencent Video, a scene in which skyscrapers containing credit card records are blown up is back, CNN reports. It had been replaced...

School District to Reconsider 400 Books
Yanks 400

Texas District Yanks 400 Books

Legislator sent a list of 800 titles to review

(Newser) - A letter from a legislator has prompted one of the largest school districts in Texas to look for "obscene or vulgar material" in more than 400 library books. While they're being reviewed, the books will no longer be on library shelves, NBC reports. Republican state Rep. Matt Krause,...

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

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
the rundown

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...

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