Streisand effect


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Streisand effect

An attempt to suppress information online that winds up making it more public. For example, if a hack that circumvents copy protection is published on the Web, as soon as it is legally challenged, numerous other sites copy and distribute the data. The term comes from an incident in 2003 when photos of Barbra Streisand's residence became even more public after she tried to prohibit them.
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No, me neither, suggesting that those who plotted the massacre paid scant attention to the Streisand effect.
The Streisand effect (2003) began when an aerial archivist uploaded 12,700 sequential panoramic pictures of the Californian coastline to a website to highlight the degree of coastal erosion and to promote the environmental conservation of the stretch of land, the Irish Times reports.
The episode eventually spawned its own name, The Barbra Streisand effect and a website ((http://www.