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2 de junho de 2018

There’s a good side on America’s Internet censorship.

SoFurry is one of the largest and longest running furry art, fiction, chat and community sites. Serving the furry community since 2002 and home to over 400,000 registered users. Your furry home on the web!

On March 31, 2018, almost eight years after Fur Affinity did the same thing, Sofurry banned cub porn . Toumal did not give us exact details of what happened but only said that a new interpretation of the law allowed the site to be charged for drawings. Okay, I understand the fear. So, for those who do not remember, on November 24, 2010, I was very annoyed when the same ban occurred at Fur Affinity . So why I’m not upset right now?

What we see happening in the United States is the growth of censorship over content on the Internet. For example, with the new laws against sex trafficking, a lot of sites used by people to find partners went offline (completely or partly) for fear of prosecution. So, like, this sex-based ban, this real systematic sexual repression will one day burst, obviously. But the upside of all this is that the United States still can not fully censor access to overseas-hosted websites . This is the chance for other nations with healthier laws to offer the same services that the United States is trying to ruin. It is an economic advantage. Americans will look for sites hosted elsewhere to meet their needs. In the case of the ban on Sofurry, there is still Pixiv (Japan) and Hiccears (China, if I’m not mistaken). Unless the United States censors American access to such sites , which would be unacceptable in the so-called “land of the free,” a lot of artists will migrate to those places.

What I’m saying is that censoring the Internet is a bad move in economic terms. Every site is a business. Closing sites is closing businesses. If I’m right and a lot of Americans migrate to these places, you may even be spared of learning their language to interact (both Pixiv and Hiccears have interfaces in English). They are ready to welcome artists who are disappointed by the growing censorship in their nations. So there’s that. Sooner or later, United States will notice their mistake, unless they are brain dead. The more they censor, the more the foreign alternatives impose themselves as the only way. Add to the mix that some of those sites have premium services or other ways to make users spend money, and America is helping those non-American sites to grow.

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  1. Nathan Larson and the Incelosphere should look into foreign hosting.

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    Comentário por galileo1439 — 2 de junho de 2018 @ 21:16

    • I think Larson’s chances of winning are thin. I may be wrong, tho, since he seems to be doing something close to what Jair Bolsonaro is doing here, in Brazil, and Bolsonaro’s chances of winning are mighty high. But even if Larson is elected, I wonder how much could he do, since I don’t know other politicians in Virginia who share his views. So, there’s a fair chance of him becoming a disappointment. Add to that the disappointment that people are feeling towards Trump… I wouldn’t keep my hopes high. You know, we have discussed politics before, so you probably figured that I wouldn’t vote for him. Hopefully, you will understand.
      As for the overseas hosting, I think that everyone, both in America and outside of America, should think about it. Some people could think along the lines of “why have our own video sharing site, if Youtube already exists?”. The fact of Youtube being an American thing should be enough of a reason. We, Brazilians, tremble whenever a law that threatens online freedoms passes in United States, because all of the stuff we use is hosted there. If United States continues to monopolize the Internet, every law that passes there is going to have worldwide effect. There must be alternatives in different countries. If United States doesn’t have competition, it will continue doing whatever it wants to the only truly democratic communication vehicle in existence. The growth of online censorship coming from United States should be seen as an opportunity for other nations to provide alternatives in more lax jurisdictions. I don’t know which foreign hosters would be willing, but I know that some Brazilians host stuff in Russia. You should look into that.

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      Comentário por Yure — 2 de junho de 2018 @ 22:16


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