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Twitter's first obscenity (and other 6th birthday memories)

Within 30 minutes of launch, many of the elements that make Twitter what it is today were already in evidence. Join us for a quick look back to the very beginning.

By Mar. 21, 2012


Obscenity-laden e-mail leads to Facebook boycott

Dissatisfied movie patron marshals Facebook outrage after receiving an offensive response to complaints about her movie-going experience.

By Feb. 26, 2010


CNET UK Podcast 142: What do you do about Internet obscenity?

This week was a big one for news, with the Palm Pre reported to be launching soon in the UK. We also discussed the sale of The Pirate Bay and standardised mobile phone chargers

By Jul. 3, 2009


Esurance Twitter contest goes viral but ties company to offensive tweets

In a post-Super Bowl campaign, the insurance company said it would give $1.5 million to someone who used its hashtag. Any tweet could be eligible. And then came the garbage.

By Feb. 3, 2014


Twitter bug makes it seem you're unfollowing people

The microblogging site is trying to fix a glitch that makes it appear as if the people you've previously followed are no longer being followed.

By Mar. 28, 2012


Video games given full First Amendment protection

The Supreme Court today voided a 2005 California law that banned the sale of "violent video games" to minors. A 7-2 majority of the Court found the law violated the First Amendment, affirming that free speech applies to digital content and new media as much as to traditional literature.

By Jun. 27, 2011


Supreme Court to review violent-video-game laws

Stemming from a California case, justices will take up issue of whether First Amendment protects minors who want to buy violent video games.

By Apr. 26, 2010


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


Few parents know kids are playing games online

A study from Entertainment Software Association of Canada finds the vast majority of parents have no idea that their kids are playing video games online.

By Sep. 30, 2010