Reported in the daily Telegraph yesterday.
"An author who tried to access an online cope of Hamlet at the British Library was denied access because the text was considered to 'violent'.
A spokesman said the fault was caused by a newly installed wi-fi service,which automatically came with an 'overly sensitive' filter."
Sorted very quickly but imagine this on a country-wide scale with people reporting such errors when the so called porn filters are installed.
And all those plumbing shops who cant sell ballcocks or plugcocks.
There is no call for that sort of language.
It still falls foul of ban on smoking in public places.
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Or they may have to change the name of famous paintings if you want to view them on-line enter link description here.
Only problem is that the "molestation of the lock" or "molestation of the Sabine women" hasn't quite got the same ring to them.
"The Sexual abuse of Nanjing" doesn't really do the events justice.
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All sounds like a bit of a cock up really.
"......the text was considered to 'violent'."
If the Daily Telegraph item really did say 'to violent' instead of 'too violent' the paper should be ashamed of itself.
Apart from that, the story isn't that unusual - most software filters make similar mistakes while the database is being refined. The problems usually get fixed pretty quickly.
Mix-ups like those highlighted by carver can be solved by the use of algorithms which look at context.
Telegraph article said access blocked to 'violent hamlet'
The Telegraph was grammatically correct Hamlet
Quite right. Had they said "Hamlet is too violent" - that is fine, but they referred to "...blocks access to "violent" Hamlet.." . For once FE is wrong on grammar!! Chronos the 2nd misquoted, to be fair!
I once got ticked off [with much red ink] by my biology teacher at school when I innocently mispelt 'organisms' as 'orgasms' in one of my essays on micro-organisms ;o]
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