- This article was considered for deletion at Wikipedia on June 19 2015. This is a backup of Wikipedia:Arbitrary_censorship. All of its AfDs can be found at Wikipedia:Special:PrefixIndex/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Arbitrary_censorship, the first at Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Arbitrary_censorship.
Arbitrary censorship refers to censorship of expressions in media based upon personal whim rather than systematic, deliberate guidelines. This is most often used to describe the censorship of media properties by any non-legally-coercive or non-governmental agent, including a corporation, a religious or ideological authority, an organized group of individuals, etc.
On the Internet
As most websites are owned by private individuals, others who may comment or post onto a website are usually not accorded an irrevocable right, but a revocable privilege at the pleasure of the site administrator, to post a submission to the site. The website is considered the domain and property of those who own the website, and those who do not own or administer the website are not given a right to an explanation for any action taken by staff; even websites which host user-submitted and user-edited content under a free content license, like Wikipedia, operate under a premise that a submission or edit can be revised or deleted based upon the merit of the material in the view of administrators.
Website administrators may, out of courtesy, install policies regarding acceptable behaviors by users and usual responses to misbehaviors, such as a "Terms of service".
Blogger Mike Linksvayer wrote that filmmaker Nina Paley's usage of the terse "Copyheart" license statement for her film Sita Sings the Blues as an unclear understanding of free content, and posited that free content licenses such as the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike are voluntary repeals of one's ability to arbitrarily claim the right to prohibit the distribution, modification or commercialization of a creative work.
- Mike Linksvayer (December 14, 2010). "retaining the right to censor is an act of hate". http://gondwanaland.com/mlog/2010/12/14/censorheart/.