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Wiki-hopping: Streisand effect

April 10, 2008

I knew there got to be a word for it. It’s called the Streisand effect!

The Streisand effect is a phenomenon on the Internet where an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information backfires, causing the information to be widely publicized. Examples are attempts to censor a photograph, a file, or even a whole website, especially by means of cease-and-desist letters. Instead of being suppressed, the information sometimes quickly receives extensive publicity, often being widely mirrored across the Internet, or distributed on file-sharing networks.

They should have known better.

One Comment
  1. I heard that once a picture is up on the internet… It stay there forever and to be able to remove it is nay IMPOSSIBLE!…so Ive heard…

    When I put baby photos up on the net, I will make sure the wordpress blog is private! hehe…

    Cheers!

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