Good question. Jane Fae Ozimek writes in the Register:
Is US dominance of the internet — and particularly of the social networking space — leading to the export of US prudery across the globe? Or is the growing debate on international censorship a little more complicated?
As Becky Dwyer, a US citizen and, as member of CAAN Scotland, a campaigner for less censorship in the UK put it: “Isn’t this more about American Corporations forcing conformity upon private individuals rather than ‘American’ values?”
First off, examples of US social networking sites coming down hard on subscribers who fail to toe the line set by Ts & Cs are widespread. Let’s start with global social networking site, Facebook. Readers will by now be more than familiar with its policy when it comes to boobs: namely that above-waist nakedness, if it appears to be in the least bit sexualised, is a definite no-no.
A similar issue arises over any group or image that might be deemed overly sexual, as Helena Hewitt, instigator of art and fashion project “Fetish Rocks” found out to her cost. Ms Hewitt was twice forced to rebuild her Facebook group from scratch following anonymous complaints.
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