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+ - YouTube bans video containing Qur'an quotes

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skraps
skraps writes "YouTube, in a move that has caused quite a reaction in the community, has censored popular atheist commentator NickGisburne. Mr. Gisburne has built a large following on YouTube by making simple and accessible logical arguments against Christian beliefs, and had recently decided to change the focus of his videos to the Qur'an, the central religious text of Islam. YouTube reacted by deleting his account, along with 60+ videos, after he posted a simple slide-show video with direct quotes from the English translation of the Qur'an, containing no commentary aside from the video's title "Islamic Teachings — Cruelty from the Qur'an". YouTube's explanation was "After being flagged by members of the YouTube community, and reviewed by YouTube staff, the video below has been removed due to its inappropriate nature. Due to your repeated attempts to upload inappropriate videos, your account now been permanently disabled, and your videos have been taken down."

Do "Web 2.0" sites like YouTube fit the legal definition of a "public commons", and if so, what will it take for corporations like YouTube to start honoring constitutionally protected speech?"
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+ - Ban from blogging due to "electronic missiles&

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An anonymous reader writes "Web 2.0 news site 901am reports that Australian Olympic Athletes will be banned from Blogging at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics due to the risk that they may launch "electronic missiles". Australian Olympic Committee spokesman Craig Phillips said that Blogging would erode the sanctuary of the Olympic village and that athletes blogging would undermine team spirit."

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