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Published on April 21st, 2014 | by Flipside

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Students welcome social media censorship

In a radical move towards censorship, the University of Edinburgh has responded to the near-constant strike action by shutting down access to all social media. This means that students are no longer able to access websites such as Facebook or Twitter through university computers or Wi-Fi across all campuses. It is not clear yet whether Pollock Halls will be affected.

This move has resulted in swift condemnation from groups such as NUS, who took particular issue with the University infringing on student’s civil liberties by taking away their platform for free speech and expression.

However, the University’s actions have not been met with universal criticism. Most of the students interviewed in the library held the common opinion that it was “about fucking time” and that the issue of feedback was “worthless” if they couldn’t revise due to “some arsehole hogging a computer to check out last night’s pics from Hive”.

“It’s probably a good thing, now I might actually get some revision done instead of procrastinating on Buzzfeed,” commented a second year History student.

When questioned by a Flipside reporter, a EUSA representative was unexpectedly supportive of the University’s position of censorship. “Well actually we’ve been working towards something like this for a couple of years now,” said outgoing VPS Kirsty Haigh, “It’s good to see that the university has finally decided to follow in our footsteps.”

Many activists have sought ways to circumvent the ban on social media by painting Google’s public DNS across all of Bristo Square, allowing students to pretentiously post pictures of themselves on Instagram alongside the unbearably repulsive hashtag ‘#revision’. However, like most graffiti in Bristo Square, it was ignored.

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