Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
Whilst I do think they are stupid, what ever happened to freedom of speech?!
I just wanted to comment on this because it's something we hear about a LOT. Since almost every aspect of the internet is privately owned, there is no such thing as true Freedom of Speech. Freedom of Speech as most define it, as the law of the land, protects speech from being infringed by the government
. However, an ISP can make its own rules about what kinds of content they will allow on the websites it hosts. Owners of websites can decide on their own Rules for their content. Because it is all privately owned, the individual owners of every part can make their own rules, even if those rules are more restrictive that what is allowed by law. For instance, Anne decided at the outset that TCS Forums will be family-friendly, and just overall a friendly place. So we don't allow cursing, off-colored jokes, flaming of each other, personal vendettas, etc. There are lots of forums out there that really do let you say whatever you want, including slamming another poster or a culture as a whole. And there are plently of ISPs who really don't care what you put on your website as long as you pay them their fees - even if it's horribly disgusting pictures, how to build a bomb, or how to kill yourself either quickly (pro-suicide) or slowly (pro-ana).
These sites are not likely to get shut down unless the territory (state/province/country) where the site is hosted outlaws that type of content. Even then, you can get a host anywhere in the world, in a country where it isn't illegal. That's why there is still such a proliferation of truly disgusting websites (i.e. bestiality, bonsai cats (although it IS a hoax), how to build a suitcase nuke, etc.) out there.