Posts Tagged ‘ social media ’

Canadian Cartoonist Let Go After Trump Cartoon Goes Viral

July 1, 2019
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Canadian Cartoonist Let Go After Trump Cartoon Goes Viral

Editorial cartoonist, Michael de Adder, was let go from Canada’s Brunswick News Inc. (BNI), a group which controls all the major papers in his hometown, the day after a cartoon he drew that was critical of the American President went viral. The cartoon depicted the American President attempting to play golf, but impeded by the…

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LGBTQIA Muslim Comics Mysteriously Removed from Instagram

February 15, 2019
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LGBTQIA Muslim Comics Mysteriously Removed from Instagram

Indonesian Government Takes Credit, Instagram Denies Involvement This week, Instagram account @Alpantuni, which posted comics about a gay Muslim character in Indonesia, disappeared to the dismay of its 6,000 followers. The government in Indonesia was quick to take credit, claiming they had reached out to the social media Instagram and requested the comics be removed…

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Adorable Cartoon Animals Latest Victim of Tumblrs Adult Content Ban

January 15, 2019
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Adorable Cartoon Animals Latest Victim of Tumblrs Adult Content Ban

Popular cartoonist Liz Climo, one of the animators for long-running hit TV show The Simpsons who is also well known for her adorable animal cartoons, is one of the most recent users to find their work censored unnecessarily by Tumblr for containing adult content. The problem is that her posts didn’t fall afoul of the…

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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

May 24, 2018
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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

Rage comics in China are now under fire, with one of the countries most popular sites, Baozou, being targeted for a post from 2014. The post in question was a video of someone wearing a rage face mask making a joke about Dong Cunrui, a soldier who blew himself up to destroy a Nationalist party…

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Turkish Courts Order 12 Anti-Erdoğan Cartoons Removed from Twitter

December 22, 2017
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Turkish Courts Order 12 Anti-Erdoğan Cartoons Removed from Twitter

In two separate rulings this week, lawyers for Turkish president Recep Tayyip  have obtained court orders demanding that Twitter remove a total of 12 cartoons mocking him. Twitter has not yet taken action on the orders, which target 11 panels by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff and one by Dutch cartoonist Ruben Oppenheimer. Both Latuff and…

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DHS Plans to Keep Tabs on All Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts

September 27, 2017
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DHS Plans to Keep Tabs on All Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts

Civil liberties organizations are crying foul after the Department of Homeland Security this week quietly released sweeping plans to collect social media information on all immigrants to the United States, including those who already have citizenship or legal permanent resident status in the country. The procedure set to go into effect on October 18 will…

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Hattar Assassination Inspires Mixed Reactions

October 5, 2016
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Hattar Assassination Inspires Mixed Reactions

When Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was shot dead last week outside a courthouse in Amman before the start of his blasphemy trial for a cartoon he shared on Facebook, many Middle Eastern free speech advocates were troubled even if they didn’t agree with Hattar’s views and politics. He held some unpopular opinions to say the…

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Ann Telnaes and How Social Media Changed Editorial Cartooning

July 7, 2016
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Ann Telnaes and How Social Media Changed Editorial Cartooning

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes is no stranger to the violent and sometimes highly personal backlash and criticism her works incite. In a recent editorial piece for the Columbia Journal Review, Telnaes discusses how social media has become a tool of intimidation and the potential harbinger of self-censorship, fundamentally changing the landscape of editorial cartooning…

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First Online Censorship Report Confirms Pitfalls of Social Media Moderation

April 8, 2016
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First Online Censorship Report Confirms Pitfalls of Social Media Moderation

Late last year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Visualizing Impact launched an ambitious and much-needed project to gather data on social media content moderation. Last week OnlineCensorship.org bore its first fruit with an in-depth report based on 161 user submissions. As we’ve reported before, social media companies are free to police content any way they…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

February 2, 2016
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Egyptian Cartoonist Released Without Charge After Overnight Jail Stay

Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish was arrested on Sunday, allegedly for operating a website without government authorization, but was released yesterday without charge. Although his cartoons tend towards social rather than political satire, it appears an arresting officer found some of his drawings, which mildly mocked government figures, and thus “unofficially accuse[d] him of insulting the…

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