It’s a small world after all, especially on the Internet. Iran recently stepped up its censorship of porn. Iran’s national telecom used Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to fake routes for 256 adult websites, in order to block access. It exposed a major problem with the Internet, and how one countries’ policies can have unintended consequence for others who love their porn. It can be a little complicated, but the most basic explanation is that internet service providers look for the shortest pathway to website IP address. When Iran created fake BGP pathways to block certain websites, some service providers mistook them as real, and so users were directed to blank pages for those websites. A surprisingly large number of countries were close enough to seek out the fake Iran pathways, creating a much broader white out for a number of adult websites. While clearly Middle Eastern countries were affected, Iran’s censorship also reached India’s Bharti Airtel, Russia’s RETN, Indonesia’s Telekomunikasi and Hong Kong’s Hutchison, which are all significant ISPs in their respective regions. Slowly the service providers realized the mistake, and within 28 hours, things began to return to normal. But it shows how vulnerable the Internet can be, and how just like that, we could lose porn. So you should enjoy the time you have for the time you have it. Because porn may not always be around. Stock up on external hard drives with terabytes of space and start hoarding.
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Can you tell the difference between a male and female nipple close up? That’s the question a new Instagram account called “Genderless Nipples” is asking. Because if you can’t, then why are we censoring female nipples? The page was created by students Morgan-Lee Wagner, Evelyne Wyss, and Marco Russo, as a project to show that regardless of what gender you identify with, a nipple is a nipple. “During that period, so many horrible things were said by candidates, and their supporters, about woman rights and gender equality, that we decided we should do something about it,” they wrote in an email to the Huffington Post. “And what better way to start spreading a message of gender equality than pointing out the rules of social networks?” They added, “No matter people’s gender, everybody should be treated equally. We are not against the rules, but we think rules should be applied to all genders equally. Society is changing and it’s time for the rules to follow this behavior.” The Instagram page is full of nipples. But they refuse to say which is which. Instead, they openly taunt Instagram, saying in one post, “Dear Instagram, why don’t you try and figure out which nipples you can and cannot delete? Good luck!” We tried. We’re not sure if we failed.
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Artist Sasha Frolova is fighting back against social media nipple censorship, in her own way, with her art. Almost two years ago Facebook and Instagram censored a picture that Sasha posted of herself nude because it showed her nipples. It was self-portrait in the bathtub after she suffered a panic attack, which Sasha felt expressed vulnerability and strength. But nipples equals censored. Sasha decided to challenge social media censorship policy, which she says, “does not delineate pornography from anatomy.” So she had women posed nude against a Renaissance portraits backdrop, and simply removed the nipples. “Although I am a fiery, stubborn Taurus, I am not particularly aggressive and my anger at having the picture taken down was expressed in simply matching the guidelines that social media gave me,” Sasha explained. No nipples means social media acceptable. “Why are we teaching our children that nipples are vulgar through toys like Barbie, who still does not have nipples? In fact, I think it would be unsettling for us to see a Barbie with nipples. Yet it is equally unsettling to see these images without them. Why?”
But Sasha isn’t exactly a fan of #freethenipple. “Recently I have been confronted with some of the problematic side effects of movements like #freethenipple that, while promoting ownership of one’s body, simultaneously reduce a complex subset of feminism to a convenient hashtag and assert a link between nudity and empowerment,” she said. As to her work, she explained, “More than communicating a specific thought directly, I hope to leave an image in a viewer’s mind, like an emblem, that can recall the contradictory relationship between the highly censored yet sexualized female bodies in the media.” We just see tits with no nipples, but intellectual depth has never been our strong suit.
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We can hardly call it a “revolt” that one gamer posted this objection on Twitter, “@CensoredGaming_ #TokyoMirageSessions Not only did they remove her cleavage, but they also removed her vagina bones.” But we will, because one stupid rant from one overly cheesed up gamer virgin isn’t as interesting. And, he does make a good point. What the fuck happened to the cleavage and “vagina bones” of the girl in the game? It’s not a big loss, but it is a loss. On the brighter side, #vaginabones is not trending on Twitter. But, if you try and Google the term, the search engines haven’t yet caught up.
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Chrissy Teigen posted her nude bare breasts to Instgram only to have them removed, cause you can’t do that on Instagram, Chrissy. Breasts are losing this exposure battle with Instagram, unfortunately. But Chrissy is not giving up that easily. After her original bare breast picture was removed, she posted four additional versions of the original picture, all with artistic Photoshop filters. But those got removed as well. Chrissy then hit Twitter to tell her followers, “The nipple has been temporarily silenced but she will be back, oh yes, she will be back.” Chrissy did as promised, recently posting a topless picture with a strategically placed bottle of hairspray covering only so much of her nipple as needed to comply with Instragram’s nudity policy but showing enough that our imagination can gladly fill in the rest.
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The assault on adult content by social networking sites continues, as Twitter introduced recent mobile app updates for iOS and Androd, censoring tweets with adult content. Twitter is censoring “nudity, violence or medical procedures,” to provide warnings to viewers before they see the content. The message states, “The following media may contain sensitive material. Your Tweet media settings are configured to inform you when media may be sensitive.” However, users can click “View, or Always show me sensitive media” to see the material deemed adult. Twitter is still tweaking the service, since as AllThingsD.com reported, a picture of Al Shaprton and his new hot girlfriend was censored. Though, we’d definitely like a warning before seeing Al Sharpton too…Adult Content, Censorship, Twitter