11 Biggest Pros and Cons of Censorship

Censorship is a topic that is spreading like wildfire in our society today. Censorship refers to the government controlling any type of idea of information and withholding it from the public. It has been used and is still used all over the world, for various reasons. Many believe that censorship is what is best for the good of the country, while others think that it is a gross violation of our first amendment rights. In order to really understand why this issue is driving such a wedge between groups of society, you have to understand who has the most to gain and lose from censorship in modern media.

Pros of Censorship

1. Helps To Prevent Conflict
By censoring things that may offend or anger entire groups of people, like other countries or religious groups, the amount of conflict that the country is under can be greatly reduced. Censoring hate helps to promote peace.

2. Security Measure For The Country
Sensitive military and government information can be removed from view. This is good because potential terrorists and people that wish to do harm to the country will not have access to information that would give them the intelligence that they need to do it.

3. Prevents Plagiarism
Plagiarism and pirating of content is a serious issue in the world today, largely due to the internet. By censoring certain things, you can effectively prevent plagiarism from happening and other people profiting off of work or content that is not their.

4. Avoid Children Being Exposed
There is a wealth pornographic and violent material that can be accessed with ease, even by young children. This exposure is dangerous for kids because it desensitizes them and makes them curious about things that they should not even know about. It can also deeply confuse and psychologically damage the mind of a young child.

5. False Advertisements Can Be Stopped
Companies that make extreme claims for their product, in order to entice people to buy them, can be stopped with censorship. This is a big problem in marketing and business today because people buy things under false pretenses. It also helps to protect the legal health of businesses.

6. Helps To Control Panic and Fear
When political, environment, world, or economic disasters occur, the government can help to stop the spread of rumors and lies. This is also true for political propaganda that is often spread through the use of the internet. People begin to panic and believe everything that they see, by controlling the information that is out, they can help to prevent riots and other problems from happening.

Cons of Censorship

1. Promote Negative Agendas
The politicians and government officals who would surely be in charge of censorship measures could grossly misuse them to promote things that would be negative for the country. If information can be manipulated, you never know what is truly accurate or happening in the world.

2. Violates The Rights of Citizens
One of the biggest arguments surrounding censorship is that the people are entitled to free speech and the ability to express their views and concerns. Censorship would halt this, and would restrict people from putting out different view points and opinions on world topics.

3. Used To Inflict Certain Morals
Everyone thinks differently, and has a different way of living their life. Censorship would only promote the ones that are deemed “morally correct” and while avoiding the offend some people, would greatly offend others.

4. Slows Down Innovation
Many things have been advanced by the use of collaboration and funding. If censorship was to truly happen, than ideas that would possibly save energy and resources on earth could be stopped before they have a chance to begin.

5. Companies Would Control
Many people think that the government would completely control the censorship of information in the country, but fail to realize that companies have a place in government. Many government decisions are swayed with money and other incentives. The same would happen with the information allowed to be shared. Big companies would censor their competitions.

Important Facts About Censorship

  • Censorship was first recorded in Rome in 443 b.c., where it was someones official job to control and evaluate the population.
  • The website Twitter is censored and blocked in the entire country of Turkey.
  • China has 30,000 agents of The Internet Police Agency to monitor activity on the web.
  • In nation’s with censorship laws, it is illegal to insult the government, and is punishable with prison.
  • About the Blog Post Author
    Crystal Lombardo has been a staff writer for Future of Working for five years. She is a proud veteran and mother. If you have any questions about the content of this blog post, then please send our editor-in-chief a message here.