Definition of censorship
1a : the institution, system, or practice of censoring They oppose government censorship.b : the actions or practices of censors; especially : censorial control exercised repressively censorship that has … permitted a very limited dispersion of facts — Philip Wylie
2 : the office, power, or term of a Roman censor
3 : exclusion from consciousness by the psychic censor
Recent Examples of censorship from the Web
But big corporate media does face enough regulatory matters that even a single exemplary case would suffice to induce large-scale self-censorship.
But human rights experts and the companies affected warn that the law risks privatizing the process of censorship and could have a chilling effect on free speech.
Pop quiz: Which group is protected by Facebook’s secret censorship algorithm?
Many artists took to expressing themes of censorship and sexual liberation.
The justices ruled that the same censorship standards being applied to broadcast radio and television could not be applied to the Internet.
For the longest time, my biggest issue in terms of sexual orientation in the workplace was a matter of self-censorship out of fear of how people would react.
Google withdrew its Internet search business from that country seven years ago, citing concerns about censorship.
Twitter continues to face allegations of censorship with its inconsistent efforts to block white nationalists and other users engaged in hate speech.
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CENSORSHIP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of censorship for English Language Learners
: the system or practice of censoring books, movies, letters, etc.
CENSORSHIP Defined for Kids
Definition of censorship for Students
: the system or practice of examining writings or movies and taking out things considered offensive or immoral
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