1959 (1996); see also Eric Schlachter, War of the Cancelbots
!, ERIC GOLDMAN WEBSITE, http://eric_goldman.tripod.com/ articles/cancelbotarticle.htm (last visited Sept.
Cancelbots search for particular topics and phrases and cancel the entry - often used by political or social adversaries; clonebots steal identities and kick you offline; guardbots monitor for clonebots and cancelbots and stop them.
Annoybots are similar to cancelbots but just post endless streams of annoying content in response to phrases.
(A Midwest court ruled the other way - this will probably have to be sorted out by the Supreme Court.) So why don't I just write cancelbots
and wipe folks who annoy me - say, letter writers - off the Net?
Meanwhile, over in the Usenet group areas, cancelbots
were launched to wipe
And thus it was that in late 1994, postings began to vanish from alt.religion.scientology, occasionally with an explanation that the postings had been "canceled because of copyright infringement." To this day, it is not known who was behind the deployment of these "cancelbots
," as they are known.
We can probably all agree that cancelbots
are A Bad Thing, and, in truth, life online isn't as cut and dried.
: A program that continually runs on an internet server, automatically looking for and deleting any Usenet postings from certain people or on subjects the system administrator deems inappropriate.