Imgur Goes Legit, Starts Banning NSFW Content

I can hear the sobbing from reddit echoing down my Ethernet cable: Imgur, the image hosting platform favoured by meme-lovers, is cracking down on not safe for work (NSFW) material, banning risqué and pornographic content en masse, thus neutering the internet’s favourite visual playground.

Imgur was founded in 2009 by Alan Schaaf as a quick, unrestrictive image hoster, designed with reddit integration in mind. Almost immediately, it became the go-to platform for memes, controversial images, and pornography.

Now, with the launch of its Android app, and the imminent release of an iOS app, Imgur is trying to clean up its act. Though the terms and conditions have prohibited NSFW content for some time, its enforcement of that policy was practically non-existent.

Imgur spokesperson Michelle Masek told Vice, “We’ve always had rules against obscene and NSFW content and comments, and these guidelines have been in place for years. The difference here is that Imgur team has grown a lot this year, and we’re now better equipped to respond when Imgurians flag content as inappropriate to us.”

Masek went on to blame the Imgur community for recent rash of image takedowns, saying, “Ultimately, the community decides what’s inappropriate and flags it to Imgur’s attention,” adding that the site is “entirely self-policing.”

What will reddit do? Well, once it stuffs that spaghetti back in its collective pocket, it’ll probably move over to Minus, with is like Imgur but with more open terms and conditions.

Thank you Vice for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Imgur.

Newly Trained Police Dog Can Sniff Out Hard Drives and Memory

Police dogs are a common sight as part of today’s police forces. Their supremely sensitive sense of smell (which can vary between 1000 and 10,000 times that of us humans) has led them to be a valuable asset in sniffing out drugs, money and people with high degrees of accuracy.

In a new wave of combating internet based crimes, Thoreau, a golden Labrador has had 22 weeks training after which he is now able to sniff out concealed computer hard drives, flash drives and other forms of flash-based storage, all of which may be harbouring child pornography.

Last month Thoreau performed his first search warrant during which he was able to pick out a flash drive that had been concealed below four layers of clothing and then a tin box, which itself was then hidden in a metal filing cabinet. The drive that he found was discovered to be harbouring child pornography and as his handler, Detective Adam Houston told reporters, if a device has a memory card, he will be able to find it.

Although he is not able to actively find devices harbouring the indecent images amongst those that don’t, his ability to sniff out drives that are hidden in unusual places that paedophiles tend to use is the key weapon that the police need to secure the incriminating evidence.

In exchange for finding the drives, Thoreau gets some food, which in itself is the only thing that he is really interested in, finding a drive = food so it’s no wonder that he will go to all lengths to find it. The battle against child pornography just moved up to the next level for the Connecticut State Police force.

Source: Slashdot

Image courtesy: Providence Journal

Pornography To Be Blocked In United Kingdom By End Of 2013

If you don’t like porn then this really won’t matter to you, but if you do like porn this might send you into an uproar. To clarify before I begin, I want to give you a short, and simple definition of porn.

Pornography: Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity.

Earlier today the BBC reported on Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that all UK Internet Service Providers will be blocking online porn later this year.

Though if you still want to be able to access your favorite pornographic websites, it seems all you will need to do is ask by the end of this year. If you currently have internet services, your ISP will contact you and ask if you want to have adult rated material blocked. All new customers will automatically have the filters in place. This will be affecting 95% of all homes which are online.There will also be a ban on possessing online porn depicting rape.

The idea behind banning porn, is to keep innocent children from the prying eyes of children. With these new laws in place, it will help block illegal materials, and ensure streaming pornography videos will have the same rules as porn sold in sex shops. And help keep the smut out of reach of any old Joe. Of course this will not block all porn entirely, and many people will still find a way to view porn. Perhaps hotline servers will become popular again.

The Prime Minister wants to have porn blocked from public Wi-Fi Networks, and wherever children are likely to be present. Personally, I do not have any issues with blocking porn, I do feel that it should be accessible to adults that want to access the content though. Blocking sites that have pornography on them, or have adult content could make the internet a more difficult place to gather information, or even access.

Image from Mashable

UK ISPs Will Filter Adult Content By Next Year

According to a report by Wired.co.uk British ISPs will begin automatically filtering adult content from their services from 2014. Apparently the filter will not completely block adult content for everyone, in fact it is possible to turn off the filter for several hours at a time. They are trying to make filtering a standard across the industry that will affect both new and existing accounts. Apparently the filtering is going to be “auto-on” but can be turned off.

“We will have automatic put on, so if you turn the filter off at 9PM, it turns on again at 7AM,” Claire Perry MP said.

The filter is already causing outrage because even though it can be turned off when you want, people are questioning what right does the government have to choose what we can access and when we can access it. Many are suggesting that government should make the filter auto-off so that end-users can decide to turn it on if they so wish. Personally I think the government should just keep their noses out of our internet services because a whole range of questions pop up from this such as who decides what “adult content” is? We could easily see websites being wrongly blocked by such filters if the system isn’t intelligent enough.

What are your thoughts on all of this?

Image courtesy of Wired.co.uk

Google Glass Prohibits Sexually Explicit Content & Pornography Apps

According to an article on Mashables, sexually explicit content has been banned on Google glass

Everywhere on the internet we see sexually explicit content, including pornography. Should a company that provides a product or service be able to prevent the user from using the product how they want to use it? Google seems to think that they can do just that. Recently the first pornographic app reared its face on Google Glass, shortly after Google changed their policies for Google Platform Developer Policies, to prohibit apps that contain sexually explicit content.

“Content policies” section now reads: “We don’t allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography. If we become aware of content with child pornography, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution.” as it reads in the “Content policies” in the first paragraph.

The app was most likely called Tits & Glass was designed to allow users to watch videos and see photographs. The developer behind this app is MiKandi who has produced over 7,000 adult apps. TitsAndGlass.com had a very strong following when it was released producing nearly 10,000 unique visitors in a day. It has been said that MiKandi was going to take it a step further allowing users to have “two-way adult interaction” though with the new policy preventing this type of content, the app has likely been placed on the back burner, MiKandi said that they will comply with the updated policies, and will be releasing a new app without the sexually explicit content.

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Paul Sakuma/AP – Google co-founder Sergey Brin demonstrates Google’s new Glass, the wearable internet glasses shown at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, June 27, 2012.

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