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Reddit's filth to be locked in the basement

Reddit's filth to be locked in the basement

The new policy is for "abhorrent" content to require a login to access, to be kept invisible to searches, and to generate no revenue.

Reddit CEO goes in search of values for the crisis-hit community

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Want to rant, vent, or dialogue with the new CEO? Take a deep breath: he's doing an Ask Me Anything session. Saints, have mercy on his soul.

News sites can be held responsible for user comments

News site is responsible for hate-filled comments, says EU court

Online news site Delfi can be fined for comments left by anonymous readers, ruled the European Court of Human Rights.

Violent Facebook threats conviction thrown out by US Supreme Court

Violent Facebook threats conviction thrown out by US Supreme Court

It's not enough that ordinary people would find murderous rants threatening, the court said. Rather, courts have to consider frame of mind.

Facebook post criticizing employer lands Florida man in Abu Dhabi prison

Facebook post criticizing employer lands Florida man in Abu Dhabi prison

Used to First Amendment protection, he never would have imagined that berating his employer would land him in an Emirati jail. Now, Ryan Pate faces a potential 5 years in jail and a stiff fine.

Supreme Court quotes rap as it mulls Facebook free-speech case

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The Supreme Court is wrestling with violent Facebook postings and the notion that posting "rap lyrics" is therapy that kept a ranting guy from really killing.

Firesheep author takes backhanded pot-shot at free speech

FireSheep and freedom of speech

Two weeks ago, an automatic session-hijacking plugin was released for Firefox. It was named Firesheep, and it's been downloaded over 600,000 times so far.

Yet the decision to release Firesheep publicly is a controversial one.

Youth banned from Facebook - then allowed back if insecure

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In an interesting judicial twist and counter-twist, a juvenile scofflaw in San Diego has been banned, and then unbanned, from using sites such as Facebook. He can now use Facebook, but only insecurely!