Tag Archives: expletives
September 27, 2014Posted by on
The defunct My Telegraph site would arbitrarily imposes automated censorship on expletives, which seems like a neat solution but it completely disregards the context. I was recently unable to call King Charles II ‘a bastard’, an expletive that I had cause to believe was an apt description of his vindictive pursuit of the ‘regicides’. By way of a response to this – unwarranted – moderation I posted Everything in moderation? which was replete with ‘bastards’. While the gratuitous use of obscenities is forbidden by The Telegaph, the presumption being that profanities are forbidden, gratuitousness is dependent on context.
August 5, 2013Posted by on
I previously posted the following when My Telegraph was having a brief relation with the service provider ‘One Site’. I was objecting to the censorship that this site arbitrarily imposed on the use of expletives. It is not the expletive that require censorship. The site had chosen a cheap way, in whatever context you use the word cheap, to monitor ‘personal abuse’. Automated censorship seems like a neat solution. As the service provider originated in the USA, I thought it worth looking at what the Supreme Court defines as Obscenity. “A thing must: be prurient in nature; be completely devoid of scientific, political, educational, or social value; violate the local community standards. If it meets all three of these things, it is obscenity”. Automated (artificial intelligence AI) censorship is not capable of such rationale. Read more of this post