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The Streisand effect

28/1/19 The Streisand effect


The Streisand effect is a phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. This can be explained as a psychological reactance: once people are aware that some information is being kept from them, their motivation to access and spread it is increased.
This phenomenon was called this way after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose 2003 attempt to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California inadvertently drew further public attention to it. Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity and media extensions such as videos and spoof songs, often being widely mirrored on the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks.
All sorts of information are vulnerable to the Streisand effect.
The HD-DVD encryption code has become another victim of the Streisand effect.


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