The Streisand effect is a social phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove, or censor information has the unintended consequence of further publicizing that information. It is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware that some information is being kept from them, they are significantly more motivated to access and spread that information, often via the Internet. Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the term in 2005.
About Streisand effect in brief
The Streisand effect is a social phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove, or censor information has the unintended consequence of further publicizing that information. Attempts to suppress information are often made through cease-and-desist letters, but instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity, as well as media extensions such as videos and spoof songs. It is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware that some information is being kept from them, they are significantly more motivated to access and spread that information, often via the Internet. Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the term in 2005 in relation to a holiday resort issuing a takedown notice to urinal. net over use of the resort’s name. In 2019, California Representative Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit against Twitter and three users for defamation. One of the users named in the lawsuit, @DevinCow, had 1,200 followers before the lawsuit was filed. In March 2020, it was reported that the Chinese government had blanked out its parts of Baidu’s map of the country. In November 2007, Tunisia blocked access to YouTube and Dailymotion after material was posted depicting Tunisian political prisoners. A 2013 libel suit by Theodore Katsanevas against a Greek Wikipedia editor resulted in members of the project bringing the story to the attention of journalists. The government of South Africa stated their intention to ban the 2017 book The President’s Keepers, detailing corruption within the government of Jacob Zuma. This caused sales of the book to spike dramatically, causing it to sell out within 24 hours before the ban would supposedly be put into effect.
In February 2018, Anne Applebaum wrote in The Washington Post about the Polish Holocaust law, which would have criminalized blaming blaming Poles for the Holocaust. Such repression draws public attention to prominent figures and does not deter other prominent figures in Saudi Arabia from continuing to dissent online. A study of political imprisonment by the Saudi Arabia government found that while the incarceration tended to deter individual dissidents from individual dissent, it led to a sharp increase in social media followers, including sharp calls for political reform and physical reform. The study also found that the backlash tended to result in permanent changes to political attitudes and behaviors. It resulted in an increase in online-person protests overall including criticism of the ruling family and calls for physical reform, including calls for change in the ruling regime. The number of followers of @D DevinCow soon jumped to 600,000 followers, and it was soon reported that it had 1.2 million followers before it had even been created. The term alluded to BarbraStreisand, who in 2003 had sued photographer Kenneth Adelman and Pictopia. com for violation of privacy. As a result of the case, public knowledge of the picture increased greatly; more than 420,000 people visited the site over the following month. The lawsuit was dismissed and Stre isand was ordered to pay Adelman’s legal fees, which amounted to USD 155,567.