“The Streisand Effect” is when a person, often a celebrity, tries to have a piece of information censored or removed, only to have it backfire and cause the information to receive much more attention than it was previously receiving. It is named that way because of a situation that Barbara Streisand got into in 2003.

The phrase was coined by Mike Masnick of Techdirt back in January, 2005, and Mike continues to bring these situations to light.

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