Miserable moralists from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood complain about Facebook's idea of an Instagram for kids
|16th April 2021 |
See article from bbc.co.uk
A moralist campaign group called the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood wants Facebook to scrap its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children.
A letter from the group, signed by 99 individuals and groups including the Electronic
Privacy Information Center, Global Action Plan and Kidscape, claims that the image-obsessed platform is dangerous for children's health and privacy. In the letter, the signatories point out that those under the age of 13 already on Instagram
are unlikely to abandon it for a new site that seems babyish. The real target of Instagram for kids will be much younger children. Josh Golin, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood executive director, said:
business model relies on extensive data collection, maximising time on devices, promoting a culture of over-sharing and idolising influencers, as well as a relentless focus on often altered physical appearance. It is certainly not appropriate for
Plans for an Instagram for under-13s have been mooted in recent weeks. Facebook, which owns Instagram, said it would be managed by parents. It is a response to state censors who want under 13's to be banned from
social media. Facbeook explained:
Kids are already online, and want to connect with their family and friends, have fun, and learn. We want to help them do that in a safe and age-appropriate way, and find practical
solutions to the ongoing industry problem of kids lying about their age to access apps.
We're working on new age verification methods to keep under-13s off Instagram, and have just started exploring an Instagram experience for
kids that is age-appropriate and managed by parents.
We agree that any experience we develop must prioritise their safety and privacy, and we will consult with experts in child development, child safety
and mental health, and privacy advocates to inform it. We also won't show ads in any Instagram experience we develop for people under the age of 13.
US muslim campaign group seeks to get video game banned
|10th April 2021
See article from reclaimthenet.org
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group is calling for the censorship of Highwire Games' Six Days in Fallujah.
CAIR has called on Sony's Playstation, Microsoft's Xbox, and Valve's Steam not to host the upcoming
game.The group claims that the game promotes Islamophobia and normalizes violence against Muslims. In a statement, CAIR said:
The gaming industry must stop dehumanising Muslims. Video games like Six Days in Fallujah
only serve to glorify violence that took the lives of hundreds of Iraqi civilians, justify the Iraq war, and reinforce anti-Muslim sentiment at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to threaten human life.
We call on
Microsoft, Sony and Valve to ban their platforms from hosting Six Days in Fallujah.
The game is based on the 2004 Second Battle of Fallujah during the Iraq War. The battle resulted in an unknown number of civilian deaths, and more
than 100 US and UK troops. Six Days in Fallujah was first announced in 2009 but at the time, its publisher, Konami, dropped it due to widespread calls for censorship.
Anti-porn campaigners analyse video titles on major porn tubes and with the help of a little stretching of the English language conclude that 1 in 8 are 'sexually violent'
|10th April 2021 |
4th April 2021. See article from bbc.co.uk
full paper from academic.oup.com
Anti porn campaigners have been cataloguing porn titles on Pornhub, XVideos and xHamster and claim that one in eight have titles describing sexually violent acts. Their use of the term 'sexually violent' is a little bizarre though, and inevitably has
been redefined to include non-violent material that the authors deem to be violent totally at odds with normal people's use of the English language.
The campaigners analysed 131,738 titles of videos that appeared on the front page of the tube websites
(without specifically searching for anything nor allowing the site to build up a profile of preferences). The campaigners claimed that
The campaigners excluded BDSM material as they seemed to have gotten confused about whether the term 'violence' applies to the genre that seems to be higher more PC than other genres.
- 8,421 (6.4%) titles included terms for family relationships and 5,785 (4.4%) titles described sexual activity between family members - the most common category of 'sexually violent' material identified in the survey
- 5,389 (4.1%) titles
referred to physical aggression or the depiction of forced sexual activity (acknowledging that performers had likely consented
- 2,966 (2.2%) titles described image-based sexual abuse, including hidden cams and upskirting
- 2,698 (1.7%)
titles described as coercion and exploitation
Pornhub's owner Mindgeek recently removed millions of videos that
had been uploaded by users who had not been verified after claims of hosting illegal content. But it commented on the clips it has allowed to remain online:
Consenting adults are entitled to their own sexual
preferences, as long as they are legal and consensual, and all kinks that meet these criteria are welcome on Pornhub.
Academic Clare McGlynn who co-authored the survey, said:
Collegue Fiona Vera-Gray and co-author of the survey, said:
It's shocking that this
is the material that the porn companies themselves are choosing to showcase to first-time users.
Sexually violent material eroticised non-consent
and distorted the boundary between sexual pleasure and sexual violence.
The survey, titled Sexual violence as a sexual script in mainstream online pornography, is published in the latest issue of The British Journal of
Criminology. with its abstract reading:
This article examines the ways in which mainstream pornography positions sexual violence as a normative sexual script by analysing the video titles found on the landing pages of
the three most popular pornography websites in the United Kingdom. The study draws on the largest research sample of online pornographic content to date and is unique in its focus on the content immediately advertised to a new user. We found that one in
eight titles shown to first-time users on the first page of mainstream porn sites describe sexual activity that constitutes sexual violence. Our findings raise serious questions about the extent of criminal material easily and freely available on
mainstream pornography websites and the efficacy of current regulatory mechanisms.
Offsite Comment: Academic Click Bate: The War On Porn Continues
7th April 2021. See article from reprobatepress.com
by David Flint
The study makes big claims that were inevitably picked up and repeated uncritically by media outlets like the BBC. But even a cursory glance at the evidence and the conclusions might make a more open-minded
person raise their eyebrows. If ever there was a study that set out in search of evidence to back up a belief already held, this is it.
article from reprobatepress.com
Offsite Comment: British Journal of Criminology Study on Violence in Porn
10th April 2021. See
article from avn.com
If you only read headlines about a new study
from the British Journal of Criminology you might think that large quantities of criminal videos of sexual violence on tube sites are warping most children's minds, turning them into sexual violators.
But this isn't even close to
true. The coverage of the study is misleading and exaggerated. But the study itself is extremely flawed.
First, the researchers included everything from stepmom to ploughed in the category of sexual violence. Defined that broadly,
it's shocking the study found only one in eight videos depicted sexual violence.
See full article from avn.com
A ludicrous Chicago lawmaker resurrects the notion that banning violent videos can solve all America's covid ravaged societal ills
|23rd February 2021
Thanks to Daniel
See article from bgr.com
Because of a surge in violent crimes like carjackings in Chicago, one state lawmaker from the city has introduced a bill targeting what he sees as a possible catalyst for the troubles, namely violent video games.
Representative Marcus Evans Jr has
called for the banning of sales of video games that showcase, among other things, motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present.
This comes as a recent local TV news report from Chicago revealed that some carjacking suspects are not even
old enough to drive, and it quoted a local philanthropist as speculating that GTA and video games like it might influence young people to do bad things.
The new law proposed is an amendment to an existing statute in Illinois's criminal code.
Already, retailers are restricted against selling violent video games to minors. Evans' proposal would just extend that, banning the sale of violent video games to everyone.
This bill would also prohibit the sale of any video game that depicts
psychological harm and child abuse, sexual abuse, animal abuse, domestic violence, violence against women, or motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present inside the vehicle when the theft begins.
Morality campaign group recommends a woke Cadbury's Creme Egg advert
|20th February 2021 |
See article from citizengo.org
CitizenGO is a religious morality campaign group. They have taken issue for a rather aggressively woke Cadbury's Creme advert that features two gay men being very sexual about sharing a chocolate egg.
CitizenGO has organised a petition against the
advert currently signed by about 30,000 people. The group writes:
Petition to Guy Parker, Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Agency and Louise Stigant, Managing Director of Cadbury's UK:
I wish to register a complaint about the Cadbury's Creme Egg advertising campaign currently being distributed across mainstream media which features a gay couple engaged in a sexually intimate act.
a well-established household name who deliberately market their products towards families and children; therefore, it is unacceptable that they should seek to expose children to an image which is so clearly hyper-sexualised.
that children often copy what they see on screen, the advert constitutes a form of grooming, exposing children to inappropriate and graphic sexual content.
By featuring a gay couple, Cadbury's are aiming to escape criticism by
using the cover of inclusiveness and diversity. Still, this sexually graphic advertisement has no place being shown on mainstream media where children can view it.
Such sexual objectification is against the ASA's code of conduct.
I urge you to take immediate action and immediately withdraw the advert from mainstream circulation
Campaign groups calls for Sia's movie, Music, to be banned over the depictions of an autistic character
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Music is a 2020 USA drama by Sia.
Starring Kate Hudson, Hector Elizondo and Maddie Ziegler.
The cancel culture lynch mob has turned its sight on a well meaning movie, Music, directed by pop star Sia. Its PC crime is to not use an autistic actor to play the autistic main character of the film. The movie then relates how music helps her cope.
Zu is newly sober and finding her way in the world
when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music, a young girl on the autism spectrum. The film explores two of Sia's favorite themes -- finding your voice and what it means to create family.
A particular scene seems to have wound up the activists showing the autistic character in restraints. Zoe Gross, Director of Advocacy at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, said in a statement:
Music doesn't just
promote harmful stereotypes about autistic people -- it shows restraints that have killed members of our community as necessary and loving acts. This film should never have been made, and it shouldn't be shown.
Sia acknowledged that
she had heard the complaints and said that she would add a warning label before the restraint scene. She said in a statement:
I promise, have been listening. The motion picture MUSIC will, moving forward, have this
warning at the head of the movie: MUSIC in no way condones or recommends the use of restraint on autistic people,. There are autistic occupational therapists that specialize in sensory processing who can be consulted to explain safe ways to provide
proprioceptive, deep-pressure feedback to help with meltdown safety.
Later, she went further and said:
I plan to remove the restraint scenes from all future printing. I listened to the wrong people
and that is my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not wide enough.