Remember the charge that we bloggers who moderate our comments are actually engaging in censorship? This will surely come as a surprise to the howler monkeys making the claim that we’re censoring them: censorship actually exists, and is actually significantly more onerous than you folks thought! Via our blog-compatriot Aliasalpha, Ars Technica brings news of a list of 1600 words that are to be censored in text messages in Pakistan within seven days, with the penalty of legal action if telecom companies do not comply.
Phrases such as “beat your meat,” “fairy,” and “lovegun” are among the list of words banned in text messages by the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority.
On November 14, mobile phone companies operating in the Islamic country were handed the list of words with a letter explaining that they have to block those words on their networks within seven days, or face the threat of legal action. Operators also need to submit monthly reports on the implementation of the block.
Other highlights from the list, which was issued in English and Urdu and can be seen on the Web here, include “roach,” “pocket pool,” “deposit,” “hershey highway,” and “honkers.”
This list is evidently a direct ripoff of the list of words the NFL won’t let you put on football jerseys. Why bother compiling a list of your own, when one is readily available and covers all the basics, like “he hate me” and “monkey crotch”?