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Debate Score:35
Arguments:31
Total Votes:38
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Should the Internet Content Be Censored?

Nowadays, as all we know, the Internet is becoming extremely wide spread and wide used. More and more Internet users watch news online, listen to music, read newspapers, use online-banking, participate in debates and forums, educate online, sit in social networks or just surf the Internet. Consequently, the Internet content that users can face is very important for all people. Let this debate clarify whether the the Internet content should be censored or not.

Yes

Side Score: 11
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No

Side Score: 24

There are things that are healthy for adults to see that are not healthy for children to see. When you know that someone from your family aren't stable enought to see something, parent them. Pull the plug. Shut the internet off.

I don't think it is fair to eliminate one thing from a group of people that are healthy for most people. I guess if the subject is not healthy for MOST people, then yeah censor it.

So i guess it really depends on what is worth censoring. Death threats and cyber bullying needs to be censor. In fact, taken off. So my final answer is....it really depends. Yes and No.

Side: No
ricedaragh(2521) Disputed
2 points

That is not an answer to the debate topic. .

Side: No
1 point

The Internet's content viewed by children should be censored. There are a lot of things like murder, violence, torture that are not good for them to see. If they see it, they will consider it being normal. If they consider it being normal, they will repeat it in the real life. For example, there were some cases, when brothers or sisters started to beat their siblings after watching fights in the cartoons.

Side: yes
1 point

My answer "yes". I think that the Internet Content should be censored because Internet is a source of information. As any source of information the Internet should just contain the information and give people opportunity to interpret and analyze it for themselves. Otherwise the Internet will not contain only facts but someone's personal opinion.

Side: yes
honie(103) Disputed
2 points

It is up to you, the internet user, to decide whether or not you are going to believe the information infront of your eyes. If you are gullible enough to believe some of the crap that is all over the internet, that is your own fault.

Side: No
Alima(45) Disputed
1 point

Of course, it is up to each Internet user whether to believe any kind of information or not. But there are some users who cannot separate the wheat from the chaff. For example, children. We cannot say that it is their own fault. It would be our fault that we did not protected them from "bad" information, that we did not censored the Internet's content.

Side: yes
1 point

As we all know, the internet is wide used by all people regardless of age. They watch news online, listen to music, educate online or surf the internet. I insist that internet content that any user can face may be quite crucial especially for teenagers.

Teenage life is a stage where we develop our personalities and a sense of values. The problem occurs when teenagers face violent and sex-related content(pictures, videos) on the internet. This would definitely affect their personalities and possibly contribute to increasing crime rates in the future.

Therefore, Internet content should be censored.

Side: Yes
1 point

i think that the Internet should be censored because of the violence it contains and how much the Internet influences children, children that see violence get desensitized to it and some tend to copy what they see.

Side: Yes
1 point

Yes, the Internet should be censored. I know that people don't like to admit that reality is standard, but it is, and for that reason just letting any and all content which can be created go uncensored is irresponsible.

Side: Yes
GenericName(3427) Clarified
1 point

And how is it irresponsible?

Side: Yes
1 point

I would like to have internet censored .The internet ,a sort of addiction . Most of the teenagers face a lot of problems .There were healthy before the use of internet now worst .the The internet contains a million of

websites. There are a lot of bad contents which pop up with or without your acknowledgement like Child pornography , violence act , cyber tragedy etc.

Teenage is where you learn sense of values , personality development , first gate of life . I don't actually mean the internet should be censored entirely . There are even good content . Some websites are mostly in control of their content but every website is. I would like the government to ban such things.

Side: Yes

If you think that central planners are great and tend to be a pompous busybody, who thinks that a few people should control every aspect of life, then yes, otherwise, it is no.

Side: No
1 point

Yes, that is right. I am certain that the government may ban certain Web sites to help government-controlled businesses. For example, Greengard (2010) in his article "Censored!" published in Communications of the ACM states that the Chinese government blocks YouTube and Twitter to create auspicious conditions for their Chinese knockoffs, which are controlled by the Chinese authorities.

Side: No
1 point

I would like to add that Faris and Villeneuve (2008) in their book "Measuring Global Internet Filtering" indicate that Myanmar, United Arab Emirates, Syria and Vietnam block Skype and other inexpensive international Internet-based telephone service providers, because they are rivals of governmental telecommunications companies. Additionally, Tong (2009) in his article "3 main reasons why the Chinese government blocks popular social Websites" points out that the Chinese government blocks Google for the success of Baidu, Wikipedia for success of Hoodong, Blogger for success of Blogcn, YouTube for success of Youku.

Side: No
2 points

Internet censorship is a slippery slope to the ruination of the last free media. Some people will always have problems with something, fuck them.

Side: No
1 point

Yes, I agree. For example, Greengard alleges that the Uzbekistani government blocks sites that contain the information about corruption or the authoritarian regime in the country.

Side: No
1 point

The internet is sort of it's own territory. Run mostly by anarchy and coding rules. It may be a bit out of control, but I find it to be the best system for the internet.

Side: No
1 point

Could you expand a bit on what you were saying about own territory? So you mean that this territory should be controlled only by ourselves?

Side: No
1 point

The internet is considered a free territory (well, in some countries; not so much). But it's a free territory in the sense that no one technically owns it, no particular government or country can claim it; they can really only enforce internet rules on their own citizens. But the internet, the web, itself is it's own territory. And therefore I believe it's best to keep it that way, with some extreme exceptions. Like child pornography or terrorist attacks, ect.

Many websites are mostly in control of their content, some choose not to be. I would rather have the internet stay controlled by its websites rather than have legislation or an internet police put on guard that could potentially ruin the entire persona of the internet web. It's a "freedom (with bad apples) vs. limitation for the sake of safety" thing.

Side: No
1 point

Censoring information keeps people from knowing the full scope of any issue.

Side: No
1 point

Yes, that's true, but I am not sure that knowing the full scope of any issue is always good.

Side: No
1 point

Gigalink, what did you mean when you said about full scope of any issue?

Side: No
1 point

The idea that the internet should be censored and that we should be banning materials for all or even some people is simply unethical and un-American. To begin, the first amendment is all we need to look at in terms of if we should be able to regulate what people say. If we change the freedom of the internet, we will need to take out the first, and one of the most important rights that all Americans are entitled to. Secondly, the question stands about who would decide on what is inappropriate enough to be censored? The media is already biased enough and if we allow the government to take control of what citizens can say on the web, than what platform would remain for the people to spread their opinions openly and without fear of backlash?

Side: No
BoneMaster(6) Disputed
0 points

The idea that the internet should be censored and that we should be banning materials for all or even some people is simply unethical and un-American.

Banning child porn is unethical? Wow.

Side: Yes
dandebates(11) Disputed
1 point

Is child pornography not illegal and banned from the internet already? That argument would make sense if it was all over the internet like real pornography but it's clearly not.

Side: No

If we let someone censor our internet what else do you think they will feel they can go through. There is such thing as a right your own possessions. Why should they have the right to look on your own things. It's not theirs, if you feel that your children are doing something they shouldn't, then it is your business not any one else's. You should have a parent control always on your computer. Or I think it should be up to the majority, if you want your computer censored then you can if you don't then leave it. That's the way I look at it i guess

Side: No
0 points

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Side: No