Censorship: Do You Think it Should Be Made Law in all Jurisdictions?

As censorship is often the most-talked about controversial issue that is still going on today, I wanted to express my own views, and why I think that censorship is a very good idea, and how it could help all of us to put an end to abuse, forms of bullying, including cyber-bullying.

Why should censorship be used on all social networks?

I feel that censorship should be used on all social networks in question, as there have been a large number of abuse and bullying cases that have surfaced among a lot of networks, which have, in turn, either resulted in a person or a number of people being treated for injuries, or even worse, death.

Censorship is a very useful option that should be used on a regular basis, as this can help block any potential problems from occurring, whether it would be to do with defamation of character, a misuse of information that focuses on something more extreme, or even that, verbal abuse and possible cases of cyber-bullying.

If you have a look at The Daily Dot’s news article about censorship, Turkey had censored Facebook, YouTube & Twitter after it emerged that a court order was imposed in April which was designed to stop people sharing a terrorist photo over many of the Turkish Internet Service Providers. To go further in detail, the details of this terrorist photo emerged after it was depicted to be showing a member pressing his gun against the prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz’s temple, which started to go viral, prompting an immediate backlash which resulted in the Turkish government issuing an immediate gag order on the news of the incident.

What uses would censorship have on all social networks in question?

Censorship does have a lot of uses when it comes to all social networks, as Facebook, Twitter and many of the social networks around are nothing new at all when it comes to censorship, especially on certain things that may affect how we all use them.

Most notably, censorship has been used quite a lot in the past year as Facebook and Twitter have censored graphic videos and pictures from sources, some of which have been known to leave little to the imagination, with cases of graphic videos and pictures eventually being taken down as a result of a large variety of complaints.

Although this may not possibly be a social network, given that this website I’m talking about is an Internet Service Provider, TalkTalk, as you know, was recently hacked between the 19th and the 23rd October 2015, which saw personal data, bank details and accounts being stolen. Now you might not call this a social network, but in a way, it is, because TalkTalk has its own webmail service, which allows you to send and receive emails socially. They also have censorship as well, which prevents any harmful content from being shown to the world.

Do I feel that censorship has a use on all social networks and also in this world? I do oppose the idea a little bit, considering that privacy and personal data are major concerns that need to be taken into consideration, but with the correct procedures and with the right people available, I would most definitely agree with the idea of censorship being used for social networks and everything else in that matter in general.

How is censorship important on all social networks?

Censorship is important on all social networks, as this is useful for if any graphic content is seen by users. It’s also a beneficial tool that can be used wisely to report any disturbing and graphic content that could potentially have a lot of abuse and bullying behind it.

On Vicky Beeching’s blog, she went quite in-depth about Social Media Censorship, as there was a furore of clashes between tribes in Assam, which is the “…north-eastern state of India”. After the clashes occurred, it was revealed that messages were “…apparently sent using social media…” which would threaten the migrant workers “that further attacks were in store”.

Censorship, in general, is extremely important in this day and age, and if it’s not used at all, computers and technology will kill the human race in the future if we don’t do something about it, so yes, I personally feel that censorship should be used altogether.

Will censorship help to prevent abuse, bullying and even cyber-bullying on all social networks?

Censorship will most certainly help to prevent abuse and bullying on all social networks, as long as it is used carefully and is not abused at all.

Will it help to prevent abuse and bullying on all social networks? Yes it will, because censorship is key when it comes to all social networks, and all social networks have to have censorship in order to put an end to any forms of bullying or abuse that may be considered as potentially life threatening to human life.

Censorship can help to put an end to any abuse or bullying online, and can also prevent anyone from becoming a victim of cyber-bullying, physical and verbal abuse, and can also prevent anyone from being bullied into silence.

How can we make sure that censorship is made law, not just on all social networks, but everything else in general that stops abuse, bullying and cyber-bullying?

We can make sure that censorship is made law by creating a petition that, if successful, can be taken to the government to express our feelings on this statement, and why we agree that censorship should be made law, given that it is something that should be taken into full consideration 24/7.

If censorship is made law, this could help to bring the gun and knife crime rates down, including social crime in general down as well. The government and the Mayor of London have to crack down on the crime rates and not make these figures up in order to attempt to brainwash us with inaccurate information. Censorship, in my opinion is a serious measure that has to be implemented, and if not, ignorance will kill and the only way we can prevent that from happening is if censorship is made law in all jurisdictions where possible.

My Three Questions to You:

  1. Do you think that censorship should be made law in all jurisdictions, to help crack down on abuse, bullying and cyber-bullying?
  2. Do you feel that censorship is fair or unfair in certain core areas?
  3. Do you believe that with the right people available, censorship can help to prevent gun & knife crime?

Please feel free to feedback your answers based on what you think of censorship.

Alex Smithson

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