The crackdown on media in Russia is growing. Late Thursday the country's general prosecutor announced three sites --- Kasparov.ru, EJ,ru and Grani.ru --- were being closed for inciting "illegal activity" and sanctioning protests. BuzzFeed reports a popular dissident site, navalny.livejournal.com, was also banned. Blogger Alexey Navalny was under house arrest and not permitted to use the Internet, but his wife was running the site in his stead).
Meantime, Russia has accused the United States of discrimination against its journalists. They were barred from a news conference this week with U.S. President Barack Obama and Ukraine's prime minister. Reuters says Russia says the measure was unacceptable and discriminatory.
The Daily Dot explores the ethics of embedding Tweets following a BuzzFeed story that used Tweets from sexual assault victims. The story gained permission to carry the Tweets from those who wrote them, but it did not gain the permission of the person who sought the Tweets. The move prompted a debate about the public nature of Tweets, the ethics of sharing sensitive content, and even whether it is ethical to take someone's Twitter following into a potentially viral story. It raised questions about whether visibility on the Web means that content can be shared journalistically.