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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blog Censorship

Blog censorship is a huge topic.  There are four types of censorship, the first being the blogger themselves censoring what comments will or will not be posted on their blogs.  This is officially known as comment moderation.  The second type of censorship is a blog not being allowed to be viewed by those under the age of majority (usually 18) due to adult content.  This type of censorship is usually put in place to protect minors from viewing the adult content but in reality it is hard to enforce as a minor can always type in a birthdate that meets the age requirement.  The third type of censorship occurs when schools, libraries or organizations systematically block their users from accessing a certain domain.  If you are a blogger this would be a concern if your blog fell within the domain blocked whether or not your blog has any objectionable content.  The thing is, you really can't do anything about this.  For example, if an organization blocked the domain blogspot.com and your blog is on Blogger (blogspot.com) then regardless of what you do, your blog will not be shown to members of that organization on the organization's computers.  The forth type of censorship is a particular country blocking a domain due to content.  This is precisely what Blogger is trying to avoid with their new country specific redirects (ccTLD) that will correspond to the reader's current location. 

Countrywide censorship of a particular domain can result in a considerably lower readership for a blogger.  While I understand a country may try to circumvent some types of content coming into their country, I find it hard to understand why they would penalize an entire blogging domain when the majority of those bloggers put out good content.  Why should my garden or cooking blog be banned from being shown in a country because Joe Blogger blogged something objectionable?  To me, it seems like some countries in their censorship are throwing out the baby with the bath water. 

I like what Blogger and apparently Twitter are trying to do but in the end if these countries are so against objectionable content whether real or perceived on blogs, well they will simply find another way to censor it out.  Hopefully, if they decide to do this type of censorship it will be on a case by case basis rather than just a blanket ban on a domain.


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