Lately I’ve been observing increased censorship surrounding social media. Sites like Twitter have taken to, apparently banning certain search terms altogether. This article titled What’s going on with Twitter’s mysterious porn purge? gives clear examples of search times like “revenge porn,” “vagina,” and “bondage,” returning no top results on Twitter. Twitter has given a statement in reaction to this saying the following:
“We recently made some changes to improve the algorithm that fetches the most relevant content for Top Tweets in search results. A bug was discovered that caused us to aggressively filter some content from Top Tweets inadvertently. We’re working to correct the issue.”
but the article continues saying:
Regardless of the “bug” claim, all blocked terms appear to be sex-related. When I entered the female-centric search terms “pussy,” “vagina,” “cunt,” “femdom,” “bbw,” “boobs,” and “tits,” we found they were all blocked.
they provide pictures as evidence of the censored searches,
Regardless of whether or not Twitter is actively attempting to censor these terms the pattern is undeniable, Instagram has updated the “strength” of its language surrounding its guidelines on harassment and has cracked down on nudity, conspicuously adding the exception that “photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed.”. Our gynocentric society seems much more open to displays of nudity that somehow place women in a victim/nurturing role, but not so much concerning imagery that depicts women in a light that may appeal to male sexuality. I often wonder how social media websites would react if a social trend showing testectomy images ever became a thing, even if it was designed to bring attention to issues of male health. Perhaps men should consider proudly displaying their uncircumcised members on social media in hopes of bringing attention to male genital mutilation, I do not think, however that this would be afforded the same leeway as breastfeeding pics.
What concerns me specifically is not that these sites are beginning to develop more stringent practices surrounding online harassment and porn, but that there seems to be a new vanguard of data mining companies peddling a service that delivers something akin to an online “report card” that gives interested parties a break down of your online activity, for a fee of course. Meaning that the one weapon that anti-gynocentrism men have working in their favor, the anonymity of the internet, might soon be a thing of the past. We’ll get to that in a bit but consider the archaic push in the U.K. surrounding pornography laws, an article titled “A long list of sex acts just got banned in UK porn” gives us the relevant details:
Pornography produced in the UK was quietly censored today through an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, and the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure.
The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn now adhere to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).
Seemingly arbitrarily deciding what is nice sex and what is not nice sex, the board’s ruling on ‘content that is not acceptable’ (p.24) effectively bans the following acts from being depicted by British pornography producers:
Spanking, Caning, Aggressive whipping, Penetration by any object “associated with violence”, Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of if consensual), Urolagnia (known as “water sports”), Role-playing as non-adults, Physical restraint, Humiliation, Female ejaculation, Strangulation, Face-sitting, Fisting.
This regressive act of censorship earned the ire of feminists, and in one of the few instances of feminist argumentation (cant believe I’m saying this) that actually made sense, British feminists organized a “face sitting” protest in reaction to these laws restricting the right of sexual expression and freedom of speech. The sentiment behind the protest, however admirable, descended as these things usually do, into a vulgar exhibition show reminiscent of the yolo-esque slut walks more typical of their Amero-canadian feminist counterparts. Here’s a video of the protest if you’re interested.
Even still, the fact that the internet is generally much harder to regulate and track gives us some reassurance as to the difficulty that the heavy hand of government would have with enforceability surrounding government restrictions on access to porn and/or other online “deviant” activities. Unfortunately where there is a will there is a way and China seems to be developing a method by which online behavior can now be catalogued and publicly assigned to your actual identity in the real world with real world ramifications to boot. Take this article, China rates its own citizens – including online behaviour and its downright creepy preamble:
The Chinese government is currently implementing a nationwide electronic system, called the Social Credit System, attributing to each of its 1,3 billion citizens a score for his or her behavior. The system will be based on various criteria, ranging from financial credibility and criminal record to social media behavior. From 2020 onwards each adult citizen should, besides his identity card, have such a credit code.
I’m not one to indulge in conspiracy theory… in fact, I actively avoid it whenever possible but, this kind of stuff makes me more worried and paranoid than an interview with the Babushka lady. When one of the largest governments in the world start teaming up with big data analysts in order to “encourage” its citizenry to be an upstanding and moral virtual citizen, I get very worried. the article just gets creepier and more Orwellian from there,
The regulations were announced last year, but have attracted almost no attention thus far in China and abroad. This week Rogier Creemers, a Belgian China-specialist at Oxford University, published a comprehensive translation of the regulations regarding the Social Credit System, which clarifies the scope of the system. In an interview with Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant he says: ‘With the help of the latest internet technologies the government wants to exercise individual surveillance’.
In his view this surveillance will have a wider scope than was the case under the former East German system: ‘The German aim was limited to avoiding a revolt against the regime. The Chinese aim is far more ambitious: it is clearly an attempt to create a new citizen.’
…Social, Credit… System? er, double plus good?…comrades?
Supposed attempts to “create a new type of citizen” almost invariably, if we consult history, descends into some version of “Do as we say at the barrel of our guns”, but perhaps my tinfoil cap is on a bit too tight, lets just share the relevant information and I’ll let you decide, here are the most alarming bits.
The intentions of the new system are not only economical, fighting fraudulent practices, but also moral. ‘This is a deliberate effort by the Chinese government to promote among its citizens “socialist core values” such as patriotism, respecting the elderly, working hard and avoiding extravagant consumption’, says Creemers. A bad ‘credit code’ can result in being not eligible for certain jobs, housing or credit to start a company. ‘On the labour market you might need a certain score to get a specific job.’
Johan Lagerkvist, a Chinese internet specialist at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, agrees the system is ‘very ambitious in both depth and scope, including scrutinizing individual behavior and what books people read. It’s Amazon’s consumer tracking with an Orwellian political twist.’
In Hong Kong a spokesperson of Human Right Watch China, Maya Wang, sees ‘a scary vision of the future’ in the system: ‘Currently there is intensive surveillance of “sensitive groups, such as dissidents, but the social credit system goes to another level. This is an effort of surveillance of all people’.
Chinese internet firms are definitely interested, as Ant Financial, a subsidiary of ecommercegiant Alibaba, recently showed. To its popular app Alipay it added a new service which rated a person’s credit worthiness on a scale of 350 to 950 points. This score is not only determined by one’s lending behavior, but also by hobbies and friends. If friends have a poor lending reputation, this reflects badly on the person, just as prolonged playing of video games. Buying diapers indicates responsibility and scores therefore well. (emphasis mine)
Interesting isn’t it? Play too many video games? Better check that failure to launch and produce some future fodder for the middle kingdom you unproductive vagrant, now go and make some babies! Yes I may be exaggerating a bit but you get the point, what if this type of system is used in the future to identify and rectify emergent mgtow phenomenon?
What if this becomes popular in the west where it can be used, among other things, to police and repress unpopular online “hate speech”? The Anita Sarkeesians of the world would have a field day with this, and make no mistake about it, governments will gladly put MRA’s, MGTOWS, and other controversial pro male entities on their blacklists if a such a system was introduced in the west.
I’ve noticed a concerning uptick of traditionalist conservative morality policing surrounding porn in recent years, but to my knowledge this article titled “Shock study: Marriage rate declines with porn use, threatening economy, society” is the first to suggest using online surveillance as a means of curtailing moral decay and plummeting marriage rates:
Pornography is replacing the desire among young men for marriage, according to a new study that finds males are chasing “low-cost sexual gratification” on the web over a wife and family.
“Traditionally, one of the reasons to enter into a marriage was sexual gratification. But as options for sexual gratification outside of marriage have grown, the need for a marriage to serve this function is diminishing,” said the report.
The report published by Germany’s Institute for the Study of Labor and co-authored by a West Chester University of Pennsylvania professor suggested that the government crack down on porn access, especially as more and easier tools to tap into the Internet, such as smartphones, expand. Saving marriage, said the report, will help the economy and society.
Wait you mean that men are tired of agreeing to enter into high risk governmental marriage contracts for sexual access to women that are only really with them for money? no way, get out! On top of all this, you’re telling me that men are instead choosing to achieve sexual satisfaction via porn and that its having a (gasp) negative effect on the economy?
I’d wager that this is merely a readjustment of the economy, one where less men are responsible for providing women with disposable income, meaningless trinkets, baubles, shoes, purses, student debt, and mcmansion mortgages. Less of these are being purchased by men who no longer give a flying fuck about keeping up with the Joneses, or living up to some provider/protector archetype for some ingrate divorce prone “Wife”.
In keeping with Sir Isaac Newtons golden rule, equal and opposite reactions and all that jazz, It appears that the free market is working its magic, courting not only the governments of the world in their attempts to generate an ever more compliant breeder prole, but the proles themselves are being given the opportunity to fight back int the form of an IOS app called Clear. This app takes a look at various social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and scans them for “offensive content” and if it pleases you, it deletes the offending tweet or fFcebook status. Interesting times ahead gentleman.