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<h2>Proprietary Censorship</h2>

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<p>Nonfree (proprietary) software is very often malware (designed to
mistreat the user). Nonfree software is controlled by its developers,
which puts them in a position of power over the users; <a
href="/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html">that is the
basic injustice</a>. The developers and manufacturers often exercise
that power to the detriment of the users they ought to serve.</p>

<p>Here are examples

<p>This typically takes the form of proprietary systems that impose malicious functionalities.</p>
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<p>One kind of malicious functionality is censorship on of what their
users can access.  Here are examples of programs which do this.
We have a <a
list of proprietary systems that censor installation</a> of
application programs (we call them “jails”.)</p> “jails”).</p>

<p>Selling products designed as platforms for a
company to impose censorship ought to be forbidden by law, but it

Apple censors

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<p>If you know of an example that ought to be in this page but isn't
here, please write
to <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/05/apple-says-game-about-palestinian-child-isnt-a-game">banning
some games from href="mailto:webmasters@gnu.org"><webmasters@gnu.org></a>
to inform us. Please include the cr…app store</a> because URL of a trustworthy reference or two
to serve as specific substantiation.</p>

<h3 id="apple">Apple</h3>

<p>Apple mainly uses iOS, which political
points they suggest. Some political points are apparently considered

Apple <a href="http://ifixit.org/blog/7401/ifixit-app-pulled/">
banned is a program from the App Store</a> because its developers
committed typical jail, to impose censorship
through the enormity of disassembling some iThings.

<li><p> Apple rejected an app Store. Please refer to <a
href="/proprietary/proprietary-jails.html#apple">Proprietary Jails</a>
for more information.</p>

<h3 id="google">Google</h3>

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  <li id="M201703160">
    <!--#set var="DATE" value='<small class="date-tag">2017-03</small>'
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    <p>Google <a
    offers censorship software</a>, ostensibly for parents to put into
    their children's computers.</p>

  <li id="M201701180">
    <!--#set var="DATE" value='<small class="date-tag">2017-01</small>'
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    <p>On Windows and MacOS, Chrome <a
    disables extensions</a> that displayed the locations of US drone
assassinations, giving various excuses. Each time the developers
fixed one “problem”, Apple complained about another.
After are not hosted in the fifth rejection,
Apple <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/02/07/apple-app-tracks-drone-strikes/">admitted
it Chrome Web

    <p>For example, an extension was censoring <a
    banned from the app based Chrome Web Store, and permanently disabled</a> on the subject matter</a>.

As of 2015, Apple <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/23/apple-anti-choice-tendencies-showing-in-app-store-reproductive-rights">systematically bans apps that endorse abortion
rights or would help women find abortions</a>.</p>

This particular political slant <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/dec/01/siri-abortion-apple-unintenional-omissions">
affects other Apple services</a>.

    more than 40,000 computers.</p>

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    Google censored installation of Samsung's ad-blocker,</a> ad-blocker</a> on Android
    phones, saying that blocking ads is “interference” with
    the sites that advertise (and surveil users through ads).</p>

    <p>The ad-blocker is proprietary software, just like the program
    (Google Play) that Google used to deny access to install it. Using
    a nonfree program gives the owner power over you, and Google has
    exercised that power.</p>

    <p>Google's censorship, unlike that of Apple and Microsoft, Apple, is not total: Android
    allows users to install apps in other ways. You can install free
    programs from f-droid.org.</p>


<h3 id="consoles">Game consoles</h3>

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  <li id="M201408290">
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    <p>The <a
    Nintendo 3DS</a> censors web browsing; it is possible to turn off
    the censorship, but that requires identifying oneself to pay, which
    is a form of surveillance.
</p></li> surveillance.</p>

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<h3 id="online-conferencing">Online conferencing</h3>
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    <p>The company behind Zoom does not only deny
    users' computer freedom by developing this piece
    of nonfree software, it also violates users' civil rights by <a
    events and censoring users</a> to serve the agenda of governments.</p>

    <p>Freedom respecting programs such as <a
    href="https://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Jitsi">Jitsi</a> or <a
    can be used instead, better still if installed in a server controlled
    by its users.</p>

<h3 id="other">Other</h3>
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  <li id="M202204040">
    <!--#set var="DATE" value='<small class="date-tag">2022-04</small>'
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    <p>New Amazon worker chat app <a
    ban specific words Amazon doesn't like</a>, such as
    “union”, “restrooms”, and “pay
    raise”. If the app was free, workers could modify the program
    so it acts as they wish, not how Amazon wants it.</p>

  <li id="M202109220">
    <!--#set var="DATE" value='<small class="date-tag">2021-09</small>'
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    <p>Some Xiaomi phones <a
    a malfeature to bleep out phrases that express political views
    China does not like</a>. In phones sold in Europe, Xiaomi leaves
    this deactivated by default, but has a back door to activate the include above

    <p>This is the natural result of having nonfree software in a device
    that can communicate with the company that made it.</p>


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