https://www.duolingo.com/alexm768

Immersion Censorship

Recently, Immersion began to block texts with the neutral words "gay" and "jungle" (!!!) for upload. Example.

Who is responsible for its swear word list? I think it should be corrected, for these two words at least.

By the way, Immersion do not allow to upload "1984" by George Orwell because of the word "jerk out", and the script to the Disney cartoon "The Sword In The Stone" because of the word "ho". Don't you agree it is too much?

October 3, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ricaloca

Guess we won't be learning about any jungle plants. And no texts about pirates, either "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum". Thank you for pointing this out and testing your theories, Alex.

October 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK

Father Christmas is in trouble, too. Ho, ho, ho.

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

Well, you can't import 1984 or a film script from 1960s as are both well within copyright. As is Tolkien. So no, they can't be pasted to this or any other website without the say so of whoever holds the rights.

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexm768

Actually, those are both well within copyright.

Your notion is a bit irrelevant to the topic. The texts are blocked not because of the copyright, but because of the words treated as offensive. You cannot paste any text with these words, even if you're the author.

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexm768

By the way, who holds the rights to Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale? You cannot upload it too, because of the word "ho".

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cherub721

This has been a constant problem. I remember when I couldn't upload an Italian article about Pinocchio and some other children's tales.

What is even more crazy is that there are actually lots of porn articles uploaded to immersion, including wikipedia biographies of porn stars. This "article" went through , although it gives you a warning for PG-13 https://www.duolingo.com/translation/37a8f70dc3db33caa98e3531b59bfe67 (apparently "❤❤❤❤❤" is an acceptable word...?!)

Here are some previous discussions (as you can see, a year ago they were "looking into it") https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1871160 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1464967 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11891761

Search for the word "pornography" in the discussion search and you'll find more examples.

I almost think complaining about it will just get immersion removed from the site, since they haven't done much about it. It's good that you found a way to upload the documents from your blog while removing the offensive words - maybe you should just stick to that method.

December 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexm768

Your adviсe is wise. Sometimes, I also think that it is better to keep silence or immersion will be closed.

Thank you for the links. It seems the "❤❤❤❤❤" text was uploaded long time ago by Duolingo team for commercial translation. I presume it will not allow us to upload a text with "❤❤❤❤❤" word today. At least, it blocked my text with "❤❤❤❤❤-trap". :)

December 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

How do you know the reasons for rejection?

October 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexm768

I have uploaded the texts by copying them to my blog and masking the censored words (i.e. j_ungle, g_ay, etc.). Actually, I have a whole list of affected authors, including Julio Cortazar, J. R. R. Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc. However, the list is in Russian (link 18+).

UPD: I have updated the list with names in English.

October 3, 2015

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