Commons:What Is Not Censorship
Commons has a strong policy against censorship, encapsulated under COM:NOTCENSORED as the principle that Due to their educational value for the understanding of certain subjects, Commons may host material that some users may find objectionable, distasteful, or offensive for various reasons. This is important for defending the educational priorities of Commons.
However the policy of hosting such material in order to support its educational mission in no way limits Commons' ability to regulate how and when such content may be displayed. Nor does the underlying principle - of placing educational mission above users' sensibilities - require Commons to permit such material to be displayed anywhere and everywhere to anyone without distinction.
What Commons' anti-censorship policy states
- The policy Commons:Project scope (which is about what content Commons should include) states (in the COM:CENSOR section)
The policy of "Commons is not censored" means that a lawfully-hosted file, which falls within Commons' definitions of scope, will not be deleted solely on the grounds that it may not be "child-friendly" or that it may cause offense to you or others, for moral, personal, religious, social, or other reasons.
Due to their educational value for the understanding of certain subjects, Commons may host material that some users may find objectionable, distasteful, or offensive for various reasons.
What is censorship
At its core, censorship is the suppression of information or opinion by a controlling body (usually a government).
Suppressing information or opinion
Falsifying historical documents
- Example: the political purges of Joseph Stalin, where the Soviet government attempted to erase some purged figures from Soviet history, and took measures which included altering images and destroying film. See en:Censorship of images in the Soviet Union.
What is not censorship
- Empowering users is not censorship. For example, allowing users to decide whether to include certain kinds of content in search results.