Comments: An old New York Times article headline change - "Censorship" vs "Filtering"

Currently on the blog of Jennifer 8 Lee (who wrote the original article), the last two blog posts are about a project to track post-publication changes in online articles hosted at the New York Times:

Posted by Bennett Haselton at July 1, 2012 01:04 PM

Or perhaps one should take it up with the Ministry of Truth?

Posted by Crosbie Fitch at July 1, 2012 04:18 PM

It was probably changed by someone tweaking headlines either to meet an arbitrary character limit on a CMS ("filtering" is one character shorter than "censorship") or because it was deemed to be somehow better for SEO keywords. The latest trend seems to be to repeatedly change the titles of articles posted online; sometimes I land on the same one 4 or 5 times thinking it's a new article on a topic I'm interested in. Good for ad revenue, annoying for readers.

Posted by Gary at July 2, 2012 10:41 AM