2 de junho de 2018

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

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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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