Internet censorship is run by private companies working for the government. Net service providers receive many requests from governments around the world to block material, which they normally comply with.
ISPs delete articles when asked by governments, but they also do it themselves on their own initiative, using various excuses. Apple has a free hand to filter, and they can be seen using it to do what they believe will please the powers that be.
The Tap saw posts disappear on Blogger, usually posts which criticised powerful or wealthy individuals like Rupert Murdoch, or Andrew Lloyd Webber (Ben Fellows alleged he groomed him and tried to derive sexual satisfaction from him in a working context) and the like. I wrote a post accusing Murdoch of running Britain’s policy as regards the EU, and not only did the post disappear. The blog was closed down. It re-opened six months later without anything being said. I moved over to WordPress in the interval.
It’s worrying in that context that Nigel Farage has meetings with Rupert Murdoch.
A comment was written criticising The Barclay Brothers, and a threatening email was sent by a lawyer acting for them asking for the comment to be removed.
Comments are not normally the responsibility of the site, but I deleted it for the lawyers as requested. I usually delete anything if it’s requested.
I had one legal threat from a less well known person, where his activities, which I believed to be deceptive, had been exposed on the blog. I left the story in, but took out the person’s name, and disguised the location. He never wrote back, and his activities ceased.