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PayPal reverses its ban on 'obscene' e-books

Back-and-forth talks between the online payment company and e-publishers leads PayPal to change its position on the sale of e-books containing bestiality, rape, incest, and underage erotica.

By Mar. 13, 2012


PayPal demands 'obscene' e-books be pulled

Working to comply with banking and credit card partners' rules, PayPal tells certain e-book publishers to get rid of books with bestiality, rape, incest, and underage erotica or else.

By Mar. 7, 2012


Obscene tweet on Russian president's Twitter feed

It's not often that a head of state tweets the phrase "stupid sheep getting f***ed in the mouth,", yet these words appear on the Twitter feed of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.

By Dec. 7, 2011


Obscene tweet gets Vodafone rep suspended

A customer service employee posts a homophobic tweet on Vodafone's official Twitter page. The company is forced to apologize, and he is suspended.

By Feb. 6, 2010


Sexy beasts: Why 'monster porn' needs love too

Do romance books with sexy dinosaurs, centaurs, Cthulhu, and aliens send your heart racing? After some such e-books get yanked by online booksellers, Crave's Bonnie Burton explains their appeal.

By Dec. 30, 2013


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By Feb. 13, 2014


China vows to shut down unapproved mobile news apps

The state says it will ban any app that refuses to rectify itself "to maintain order of news dissemination on the mobile internet," according to Reuters.

By Sep. 30, 2013


Copyright defendant: Porn may be, um, unprotected

A woman accused of illegally downloading porn strikes back by claiming that it doesn't promote science or useful arts and therefore can't be copyrighted.

By Feb. 6, 2012


Drunken tweets get you in trouble? Show some remorse, U.K. says

New guidelines made public by the Crown Prosecution Service say that a little remorse goes a long way in averting social-media-related prosecution.

By Dec. 19, 2012


Porn bigwig extradited to Germany for tax evasion

The man behind PornHub, YouPorn, and Brazzers was arrested in Belgium and extradited to Germany for allegedly not keeping clean on his taxes.

By Dec. 16, 2012