#1 By: Cory Doctorow, January 8th, 2014 03:06
#2 By: bzishi, January 8th, 2014 03:49
Telling people why they were censored defeats much of the purpose of censoring. By making the rules vague and somewhat arbitrary, organizations are more likely to hold back on items in fear that they might step over the ill-defined line. But if you tell them why, then they will go up as close to the line as they can. Or they can cite your rules as being oppressive (which you can deny if they are always kept secret or if you use a token uncensored counter-example).
#3 By: Felonmarmer, January 8th, 2014 05:34
Well it works for the Guardian, they never give reasons for their moderation either.
#4 By: Michael, January 8th, 2014 06:17
providing an ongoing example of how an individual can challenge the state(s) might not be what Xi Jinping wanted advertised domestically
#5 By: Immutable Michael, January 8th, 2014 06:29
It's their "No Charlie Brooker; no entry" policy.
I can respect that.
#6 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, January 8th, 2014 08:41
I always have to wonder if (in addition to their definite censorship-as-political-tool and messing-with-foreign-web-services-as-mercantilist-tool policies) the Faceless Censorship Bureaucrats ever do something baffling just to watch western Kremlinologists scratch their heads and speculate on what Beijing could be up to now.
I know that if I were a censorship bureaucrat, I'd be tempted just to mess with observers from time to time...
#7 By: Peter Harris, January 8th, 2014 12:10
I think you've also got to allow for a certain amount of incompetence: accidental blocking of the wrong site, blocking of sites for very poorly-thought-out reasons, and ass-covering evasion or stubbornness in the face of any questions about why some apparently pointless decision was made.
Not necessarily in this case of course, but it's a phenomenon inseparable from the very idea of politically-mandated censorship. Or politically-mandated anything, really.
#8 By: tyger11, January 8th, 2014 13:07
It's probably just Colossus getting all bitchy again. Fucking AI, man, not worth the hassle.
#9 By: Cory Doctorow, January 13th, 2014 03:07
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