State Censors and Streisand
Gennie Gebhart at EFF writes informatively on why it's getting tougher and tougher for state actors to censor online content they don't like.
The example comes on the heels of Thailand's efforts to compel Facebook to remove content depicting the Thai king wearing a crop-top and shopping with his mistress in a German shopping mall. Apparently Thai lese majeste laws prohibit speech criticizing or insulting the monarch.
EFF's position is that:
Facebook and other companies responding to government requests must provide the fullest legally permissible notice to users whenever possible. This means timely, informative notifications, on the record, that give users information like what branch of government requested to take down their content, on what legal grounds, and when the request was made.
Notice, it is argued, powers the Streisand Effect -- and the Streisand Effect combats censorship.