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The Streisand Effect illustration: the attention of two passers by is drawn by a glut of warning and security signs mounted on a high security perimeter wall.

The Streisand Effect

A term coined by Mike Masnick, for what happens when you try and censor or suppress information: it draws attention to it.

It’s named Streisand after Barbara Streisand tried to have an aerial photo of her house removed from a set of California coastline photos intended to document coastal erosion. Views of the photo apparently went from 6 to 420,000.

More about the Streisand effect.

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