A bill that would force ISPs in Israel to censor pornographic sites by default has been amended after heavy criticism from lawmakers over privacy concerns.
AN earlier version of the bill that was unanimously approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in late Octoberr but now a new version of the legislation has been passed which was sponsored by Likud MK Miki Zohar and Jewish Home MK
Shuli Moalem-Refaeli. The differences seem subtle and are whether customers opt in or opt out of network level website blocking.
Customers will have to confirm their preferences for website blocking every 3 months but may change their settings at any time.
The bill will incentivize internet companies to actively market existing website blocking software to families. ISPs will receive NIS 0.50 ($0.13 cents) for every subscriber who opts to block adult sites.
In a refreshing divergence from UK internet censorship, ISPs will be legally required to delete all data related to their users' surfing habits, to prevent creating de facto -- and easily leaked -- black lists of pornography consumers.
In comparison, internet companies are allowed to use or sell UK customer data for any purpose they so desire as long as customers tick a consent box with some woolly text about improving the customer's experience.
The House That Jack Built is a 2018 Denmark / France / Germany / Sweden horror thriller by Lars von Trier.
Starring Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz and Uma Thurman.
Lars von Trier's upcoming drama follows the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack s point
of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.
US film censors, the MPAA, don't like having two versions running at the same time. This lead to the censure for the film distributors of Lars von Trier's The House that Jack Built for a one day advance screening of the uncut version prior to the
general release which features a cut R rated version.
As a result of the MPAA censure, the censorship will now extended to the US online release of the movie. The film's distributor IFC Films originally planned to release von Trier's unrated director's cut on-demand on December 14, while releasing an
R-rated version in theaters on the same day. But the MPAA said that IFC's original plan--which would have allowed viewers to digitally rent the R-rated cut and offered the uncut version for digital purchase--was "in violation of the ratings
The MPAA went further and threatened sanctions, excluding IFC from the ratings process for up to 90 days. (Most major exhibition chains will not show a film without an MPAA rating.) As a result, IFC has scrapped plans to release the director's cut
According to an IFC publicist, it has tentatively rescheduled the online release of the Director's Cut for June. The R-rated cut, some four minutes shorter, will be released in theaters and for digital rental.
Meanwhile British distributors Curzon Artificial Eye have confirmed to Blu-ray.com that their upcoming Blu-ray release of The House That Jack Built will feature the longer original version of it that was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Currently, the Blu-ray release is scheduled on March 4. The distributors have also confirmed that they will not be releasing the R-rated version of the film on any home video format.
Update: Uncut at UK cinemas and on DVD/Bu-ray
7th December 2018.
Artificial Eye didn't mention the cinema release in the above statement, but thanks to Peter who reports that the Curzon cinema has confirmed that the UK cinema release will feature the Director's Cut.
Joint Statement from CARA and IFC Films on The House That Jack Built
The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) and IFC Films have reached a mutually agreed upon resolution to address CARA's concerns associated with The House That Jack Built, Director's Cut (unrated) and The House That Jack Built (rated R).
IFC Films acknowledges that there was confusion in the marketplace about the rating and has committed to working with CARA to avoid any confusion going forward.
CARA's ultimate goal is to maintain the trust and confidence of American parents by providing them with accurate, useful information about the level of content in films -- and appreciates IFC Films' cooperation to ensure the proper use of the
Facebook has added a new category of censorship, sexual solicitation. It added the update on 15thh October but no one really noticed until recently.
The company has quietly updated its content-moderation policies to censor implicit requests for sex.The expanded policy specifically bans sexual slang, hints of sexual roles, positions or fetish scenarios, and erotic art when mentioned with a sex
act. Vague, but suggestive statements such as looking for a good time tonight when soliciting sex are also no longer allowed.
The new policy reads:
15. Sexual Solicitation Policy
Do not post:
Content that attempts to coordinate or recruit for adult sexual activities including but not limited to:
Filmed sexual activities Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances Sexual, erotic, or tantric massages
Content that engages in explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:
Sex or sexual partners Sex chat or conversations Nude images
Content that engages in implicit sexual solicitation, which can be identified by offering or asking to engage in a sexual act and/or acts identified by other suggestive elements such as any of the following:
Vague suggestive statements, such as "looking for a good time tonight" Sexualized slang Using sexual hints such as mentioning sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, sexual preference/sexual partner preference, state of arousal,
act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), commonly sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks, state of hygiene of genitalia or buttocks Content (hand drawn, digital, or real-world art)
that may depict explicit sexual activity or suggestively posed person(s).
Content that offers or asks for other adult activities such as:
Commercial pornography Partners who share fetish or sexual interests
Sexually explicit language that adds details and goes beyond mere naming or mentioning of:
A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection) An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios)
Comment: Facebook's Sexual Solicitation Policy is a Honeypot for Trolls
Facebook just quietly adopted a policy that could push thousands of innocent people off of the platform. The new " sexual solicitation " rules forbid pornography and other explicit sexual content (which was already functionally banned
under a different statute ), but they don't stop there: they also ban "implicit sexual solicitation" , including the use of sexual slang, the solicitation of nude images, discussion of "sexual partner preference," and even expressing interest in sex
. That's not an exaggeration: the new policy bars "vague suggestive statements, such as 'looking for a good time tonight.'" It wouldn't be a stretch to think that asking " Netflix and chill? " could run afoul of this policy.
The new rules come with a baffling justification, seemingly blurring the line between sexual exploitation and plain old doing it:
[P]eople use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognize the importance of and want to allow for this discussion. We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual
encounters between adults.
In other words, discussion of sexual exploitation is allowed, but discussion of consensual, adult sex is taboo. That's a classic censorship model: speech about sexuality being permitted only when sex is presented as dangerous and shameful. It's
especially concerning since healthy, non-obscene discussion about sex--even about enjoying or wanting to have sex--has been a component of online communities for as long as the Internet has existed, and has for almost as long been the target of
governmental censorship efforts .
Until now, Facebook has been a particularly important place for groups who aren't well represented in mass media to discuss their sexual identities and practices. At very least, users should get the final say about whether they want to see such
speech in their timelines.
Overly Restrictive Rules Attract Trolls
Is Facebook now a sex-free zone ? Should we be afraid of meeting potential partners on the platform or even disclosing our sexual orientations ?
Maybe not. For many users, life on Facebook might continue as it always has. But therein lies the problem: the new rules put a substantial portion of Facebook users in danger of violation. Fundamentally, that's not how platform moderation policies
should work--with such broadly sweeping rules, online trolls can take advantage of reporting mechanisms to punish groups they don't like.
Combined with opaque and one-sided flagging and reporting systems , overly restrictive rules can incentivize abuse from bullies and other bad actors. It's not just individual trolls either: state actors have systematically abused Facebook's flagging
process to censor political enemies. With these new rules, organizing that type of attack just became a lot easier. A few reports can drag a user into Facebook's labyrinthine enforcement regime , which can result in having a group page deactivated
or even being banned from Facebook entirely. This process gives the user no meaningful opportunity to appeal a bad decision .
Given the rules' focus on sexual interests and activities, it's easy to imagine who would be the easiest targets: sex workers (including those who work lawfully), members of the LGBTQ community, and others who congregate online to discuss issues
relating to sex. What makes the policy so dangerous to those communities is that it forbids the very things they gather online to discuss.
Even before the recent changes at Facebook and Tumblr , we'd seen trolls exploit similar policies to target the LGBTQ community and censor sexual health resources . Entire harassment campaigns have organized to use payment processors' reporting
systems to cut off sex workers' income . When online platforms adopt moderation policies and reporting processes, it's essential that they consider how those policies and systems might be weaponized against marginalized groups.
A recent Verge article quotes a Facebook representative as saying that people sharing sensitive information in private Facebook groups will be safe , since Facebook relies on reports from users. If there are no tattle-tales in your group, the
reasoning goes, then you can speak freely without fear of punishment. But that assurance rings rather hollow: in today's world of online bullying and brigading, there's no question of if your private group will be infiltrated by the trolls ;
it's when .
Did SESTA/FOSTA Inspire Facebook's Policy Change?
The rule change comes a few months after Congress passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA/FOSTA), and it's hard not to wonder if the policy is the direct result of the
new Internet censorship laws.
SESTA/FOSTA opened online platforms to new criminal and civil liability at the state and federal levels for their users' activities. While ostensibly targeted at online sex trafficking, SESTA/FOSTA also made it a crime for a platform to
"promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person." The law effectively blurred the distinction between adult, consensual sex work and sex trafficking. The bill's supporters argued that forcing platforms to clamp down on all
sex work was the only way to curb trafficking--nevermind the growing chorus of trafficking experts arguing the very opposite .
As SESTA/FOSTA was debated in Congress, we repeatedly pointed out that online platforms would have little choice but to over-censor : the fear of liability would force them not just to stop at sex trafficking or even sex work, but to take much more
restrictive approaches to sex and sexuality in general, even in the absence of any commercial transaction. In EFF's ongoing legal challenge to SESTA/FOSTA , we argue that the law unconstitutionally silences lawful speech online.
While we don't know if the Facebook policy change came as a response to SESTA/FOSTA, it is a perfect example of what we feared would happen: platforms would decide that the only way to avoid liability is to ban a vast range of discussions of sex.
Wrongheaded as it is, the new rule should come as no surprise. After all, Facebook endorsed SESTA/FOSTA . Regardless of whether one caused the other or not, both reflect the same vision of how the Internet should work--a place where certain topics
simply cannot be discussed. Like SESTA/FOSTA, Facebook's rule change might have been made to fight online sexual exploitation. But like SESTA/FOSTA, it will do nothing but push innocent people offline.
Facebook has been fined ?10m (£8.9m) by Italian authorities for misleading users over its data practices.
The two fines issued by Italy's competition watchdog are some of the largest levied against the social media company for data misuse.
The Italian regulator found that Facebook had breached the country's consumer code by:
Misleading users in the sign-up process about the extent to which the data they provide would be used for commercial purposes.
Emphasising only the free nature of the service, without informing users of the "profitable ends that underlie the provision of the social network", and so encouraging them to make a decision of a commercial nature that they would not
have taken if they were in full possession of the facts.
Forcing an "aggressive practice" on registered users by transmitting their data from Facebook to third parties, and vice versa, for commercial purposes.
The company was specifically criticised for the default setting of the Facebook Platform services, which in the words of the regulator, prepares the transmission of user data to individual websites/apps without express consent from users.
Although users can disable the platform, the regulator found that its opt-out nature did not provide a fully free choice.
The authority has also directed Facebook to publish an apology to users on its website and on its app.
After 25 years of marriage, Rick and Cristy Andrada (Richard Gomez and Sharon Cuneta) have become strangers to each other. After a bitter fight, they finally decide to end their marriage. But so as not to cast gloom on the homecoming of their
daughter Tin (Kathryn Bernardo) and her boyfriend Kyle (Tommy Esguerra), and the upcoming 55th wedding anniversary renewal ceremony of Cristy's parents Cito and Tinay (Freddie Webb and Liza Lorena), Cristy and Rick put up a pretense and delay
their separation. The pretense goes according to plan until Rick and Cristy end up agreeing to also celebrate their 25th anniversary to complete the triple family celebration. On top of that, Paeng (Joross Gamboa), Cristy's mischievous cousin,
accidentally learns the real score between Rick and Cristy. As the wedding preparations progress, the three couples re-examine their respective relationships. Tinay's excessive concern over Cito's health comes off as restrictions to Cito, who is
eager to bring back ...
Film on DVD
BBFC decisions on 06 December 2018
The Cooler is a 2003 USA romance by Wayne Kramer.
Starring William H Macy, Maria Bello and Alec Baldwin.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, sex, drug misuse ( 97:52s ) :
2018 101 Films Limited video
The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the
situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casino director tries to break up the romance.
The Cooler - the Making Of [Additional Material]
Hunter Killer is a 2018 UK / China / USA action thriller by Donovan Marsh.
Starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Common.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, language ( 116:40s ) :
2018 Lionsgate UK / Lionsgate International (UK) - (HE) video
An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Hunter Killer [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Donovan Marsh]
Hunter Killer - Surface Tension: Declassifying Hunter Killer. Part 1: The Crew [Additional Material]
Monsters and Men
Monsters and Men is a 2018 USA drama by Reinaldo Marcus Green.
Starring Chanté Adams, Giuseppe Ardizzone and Nicole Beharie.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language ( 95:24s ) :
2018 Altitude Film Distribution video
The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.
Nightshooters is a 2018 UK action film by Marc Price.
Starring Adam McNab, Nicky Evans and Rosanna Hoult.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for very strong language, strong bloody violence ( 100:35s ) :
2018 Ascendant Releasing [16:9] video
An action thriller about a group of filmmakers who find themselves on the run from a violent horde of criminals after witnessing a brutal gangland execution. Unable to flee the derelict building they have been shooting in, the hapless film crew
must use their technical skill and cinematic knowledge to defend themselves. The stunt man is a martial arts master, the special effects guru disregards safety and sets lethal traps, and the sound department strategically lay radio mics to detect
when the hoodlums are on their way. Cue lots of thrills in a cat and mouse game of survival.
BBFC decisions on 06 December 2018
Anesthesia is a drama by Tim Blake Nelson.
Starring Glenn Close, Gretchen Mol and Tim Blake Nelson.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for very strong language, self harming references, drug misuse ( 89:21s ) :
2018 Content Media Corporation INTL. VoD
The Keeping Hours
The Keeping Hours is a 2017 USA horror romance by Karen Moncrieff.
Starring Lee Pace, Carrie Coon and Molly Hagan.
10 years after the death of their son, a divorced couple is suddenly reunited by supernatural events that offer them a chance at forgiveness.
TV on DVD
BBFC decisions on 06 December 2018
Riverdale is a fantasy drama by Dawn Wilkinson.
Starring KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes.
Season 3, Episode 4, Chapter Thirty-nine: ", the Midnight Club Passed 12 for moderate sex references, language, drug references (41:36s)
Season 3, Episode 5, Chapter Forty: The Great Escape Passed 12 for moderate violence, bloody images, suicide scene, sex (42:32s)
Season 3, Episode 6, Chapter Forty-one: Manhunter Passed 12 for moderate threat, injury detail, suicide references (42:41s)
Season 3, Episode 7, Chapter Forty-two: Man in the Black Passed 12 for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, language (42:42s)
BBFC decisions on 06 December 2018
An Impossible Love
Shaun the Sheep 2
Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero
Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour
A Simple Favour - a Simple Playdate [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Deleted Scenes - Intro By Paul Feig [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Deleted Scenes [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Flash Mob Alternate Ending [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Flash Mob Making Of [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Style By Paul [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Special Features Intro By Paul Feig [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Dennis Nylon [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Paul Feig]
A Simple Favour [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Paul Feig, Writer Jessica Sharzer, Producer Jessie Henderson, Cinematographer Jonathan Schwartzman and Costume Designer Renee Ehrich Kalfus]
A Simple Favour - Love Triangle [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Gravestone Martinis [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Gag Reel [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour - Suburban Noir: The Visual Style of a Simple Favour [Additional Material]
A Simple Favour [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Paul Feig, Actors Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Jean Smart, and Bashir Salahuddin]
The Wife - a Look Behind the Scenes [Additional Material]