Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st May 2012 09:46 UTC
Windows Microsoft has detailed some of its new policies to improve the Windows Phone Marketplace, and this one, about possibly sexual content, stood out to me: "We think the right solution is (a) to be transparent about what's acceptable and (b) to show the right merchandise to the right customer in the right place. Our content policies are clearly spelled out: we don't allow apps containing 'sexually suggestive or provocative' images or content. What we do permit is the kind of content you occasionally see on prime-time TV or the pages of a magazine's swimsuit issue." This is one of my major issues with application stores: American values are archaic and puritan compared to where I'm from, but the application stores we use are still subject to them. I wonder if two kissing men are considered to be "sexually suggestive", "provocative", "racy", or "inappropriate" by American standards.
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chithanh
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2006-06-18

In most countries, freedom of speech has lower protection than in the US. European countries for example often censor political speech. In many parts of Asia and South America, press freedom is additionally suffering from restrictions. And don't get me started on Africa.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Most other countries, perhaps. He said the U.S. was unique, meaning no other country enjoys the same freedom of speech, which is patently untrue. The U.S. has a long tradition for state censorship (Hays code and McCarthyism, for instance), and ranks poorly on press freedom at the moment. But as long as people are living in a nationalist delusion of being #1 by default, not much will be done about that, of course.

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Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

European countries for example often censor political speech.


Citation, please.

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chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

One high-profile example where US and European views on freedom of speech collided was the Yahoo! case in France, where the criminal code forbids dissemination and public display of certain (mostly Nazi) political symbols:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LICRA_v._Yahoo!

Other European countries have similar legislation which classifies certain political views as extremist and restricts their expression.

Note that I don't say that this is necessarily a bad thing. It is just that these countries have other values that they hold in higher regard than freedom of speech.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

In most countries, freedom of speech has lower protection than in the US. European countries for example often censor political speech.

And yet, US is far from the most free countries. And a lot of those evil European countries you mention are _more_ free.

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chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

I don't say that US citizens have more freedom in total.

But there exist only few countries in the world who protect freedom of speech as vigorously (e.g. Canada). This is also true for freedom of religion.

In other regards (human rights, ...) I agree that there exist European countries who do better.

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