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The Barbara Streisand Effect

An attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely.


Example: In 2003, Barbara Streisand attempted to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California. Before her attempt to squash the photograph, it had only been downloaded from the internet six times, two of which were by her attorneys. After her lawsuit, the image became a phenomenon and was viewed by more than 420,000 people the following month.


Wisdom: “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” ― George R.R. Martin


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