Tory culture secretary calls for internet giants to censor the web

The UK’s culture secretary, Maria Miller, is so in touch with the rest of the UK she is certain she speaks on behalf of everyone when she says the internet must be censored.

Miller, who is the Dolores Umbridge of British politics, is certain that no one really wants to use the internet for porn and she thinks it is terrible that people can say whatever they like.… Read the rest

China shuts down internet for maintenance

One of the advantages of having a centrally controlled internet is that you can switch it off if life gets a bit tricky.

It is looking like that is exactly what the Chinese government did yesterday when it became concerned that some citizens might remember the importance of the date – the 24th anniversary of the massacre of protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.… Read the rest

Facebook faces criminal charges

Northern Italian courts are considering criminal charges against the social notworking site Facebook.

A prosecutor has opened an investigation into how Facebook allowed the publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at a teenager who killed herself.

Carolina Picchio, 14, from Novara in northern Italy, died in January after a gang of boys circulated a video on Facebook of her appearing worse for wear in a bathroom at a party.… Read the rest

PETA wants to sue web opponents

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is so angry that it has been caught out euthanising animals in one Virginia shelter that it wants to sue the online magazine that revealed it.

According to the New York Post, the Huffington Post detailed how PETA euthanised puppies and kittens in a Virginia shelter that many had assumed is a “no kill” shelter.… Read the rest