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Internet Censorship In Croydon Libraries

Today, I did some shopping in Croydon, and en route stopped off at the Central Library to use the Internet, being one of the few people in this once great nation who does not actually own a mobile phone.

One of the things I wanted to check was a video related to the Canadian anti-feminist academic Janice Fiamengo, and entering her name at the YouTube search bar I was surprised to see one video come up on a channel so named. As far as I know, Janice doesn’t have her own channel, and as her field is English I asked myself did she really misspell that word?

More importantly was the message:

“Some results have been removed because Restricted Mode is enabled by your network administrator.”

Signing in to YouTube made no difference, so this really is the local network. I’ve long grown used to censorship bordering on silliness in public libraries. Local authority libraries were quick to embrace the Internet. I remember a slightly humorous incident many years ago when Google was still a novelty. I tried to use image search in one Lewisham library only to find it had been deactivated. When I pointed this out to a librarian he replied this was so because children used the computer, and they might use such searches to find pictures of naked people and the like.

While no reasonable person could object to libraries blocking sites that are dedicated to extreme pornography, many otherwise innocuous websites end up being blocked. In my local library, which is run by the London Borough of Bromley, Bitchute is currently blocked. In 2002-03, I had some amusing correspondence concerning the Internet  settings of their computers.

My time at Croydon was limited, but  I made a number of YouTube searches re “right wing” outfits with the following results:

ANTHONY BRIAN LOGAN is a black American conservative. His channel has 1,276 videos and 348 thousand subscribers. At Croydon, a YouTube search returned only 5 results.

BLACK CONSERVATIVE PATRIOT has 604 videos and 401 thousand subscribers.  He returned zero results!

COLIN FLAHERTY has been banished permanently from YouTube for telling inconvenient truths about race in America, but his videos are regularly uploaded by his supporters. His name returned zero hits!

HA GOODMAN is a vocal Trump supporter who has nearly 150 thousand subscribers and over three thousand videos on his main channel. His name returned one entry.

JUDICIAL WATCH returned one result.

MIKE BUCHANAN returned only one result – for Mike Buchanan Commercial Properties. Mike is an anti-feminist. His channel has hundreds of videos and 1.6+ million views. Curiously, his website j4mb.org.uk was also blocked or appeared to be blocked. This led me to see if similar websites were blocked.

The NATION OF ISLAM website could be accessed but it had not much of a presence on YouTube.

And, most importantly, THE DURAN returned one entry for a family of that name. Nothing at all for this site although it is not blocked.

I decided to check a few left wing outfits, with the following results.

CRIMEBODGE – this is a channel run by a bloke who has a grudge against the UK police, with good reason. With hundreds of good reasons actually. It is arguable if he could be called left wing, but while his YouTube channel has only 59 videos, he has 151 thousand subscribers. A search at Croydon brought up only 2 entries.

ADL – there were no results for that ADL. These “anti-Semites” get everywhere.

ANTIFA was restricted but not as bad.

Entries for feminism appeared somewhat restricted.

FEMINIST FREQUENCY was somewhat restricted. This is run by Anita Sarkeesian, who is physically attractive, unlike Zoë Quinn. There were several results for Zoë Quinn, but none apparently for that Zoë Quinn.

The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that whatever bias the network operators have, it does not lean unduly in one direction, but while our public libraries are censoring political content, we have no right to criticise, China, Russia, or any other sovereign nation.

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J_Garbo

Look on the bright side. Your delicate mind has remained untainted by nasty ideas and confusing ideologies, though I agree that restricting images of naked farm animals is going too far. Or did you register as a “bestialist”?

Heinz Guderian
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Heinz Guderian

I just googled Zoë Quinn. I regret doing it. You’ve ruined my day, mate.

cudwieser
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cudwieser

Was it the nudes or the trite BS she speaks?

False Comparison
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False Comparison

You’re comparing censorship in this library with censorship in China? In China you would have been socially and legally penalized for even trying to look up such terms.
Also, you’re telling us what the youtube search engine yielded you in results. Did you actually type in the website addresses of these sites and people? Did the browser take you to them or did it block you? China doesn’t just filter out undesirable search results, but whole websites and regions.

Joe
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Joe

Where did he mention China, Einstein?

False Comparison
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False Comparison

In the last line of his article.

Alexander Baron
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Do you really want to wait until it gets that bad?

cudwieser
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cudwieser

Frankly a drop in a bucket in an ocean of an article. Most public libraries have had this level of censorship and tend to be high handed on what they censor. If any offence is likely they restrict access and potentially censor if the info is of a niche value. While it is unfortunate that they err more on the side of out of sight, out of mind and don’t simply restrict access as they still do with print media, given the general access most of us have at home, it is simply more practical to use a blanket approach… Read more »

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Book burning is an obsolete idea, it is no longer necessary.

“the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
Aldous Huxley

RobC
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Try Morden library, or one of the Sutton libraries. They are independent of Croydon, so you may have more luck.

Arby
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Thanks for that important report DarkMan. I will refere to it in my recent installment of Avalanche Snapshots on A Yappy Trade Barrier.

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