Hamlet 'to violent' for library guardian

  Chronos the 2nd 08:30 16 Aug 2013

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.

  wiz-king 08:48 16 Aug 2013

And all those plumbing shops who cant sell ballcocks or plugcocks.

  Chronos the 2nd 10:00 16 Aug 2013


There is no call for that sort of language.

  Quickbeam 10:17 16 Aug 2013

It still falls foul of ban on smoking in public places.

  carver 10:26 16 Aug 2013

History may have to be rewritten so you can find this enter link description here or even some poems may have to be renamed enter link description here.

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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  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:33 16 Aug 2013

All sounds like a bit of a cock up really.


  Forum Editor 14:09 16 Aug 2013

"......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.

  Blackhat 14:42 16 Aug 2013

Telegraph article said access blocked to 'violent hamlet'

  Al94 14:49 16 Aug 2013

If the Daily Telegraph item really did say 'to violent' instead of 'too violent' the paper should be ashamed of itself.

The Telegraph was grammatically correct Hamlet

  john bunyan 15:28 16 Aug 2013


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!

  Aitchbee 16:12 16 Aug 2013

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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