A social phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove, or censor information has the unintended consequence of further publicizing that information, often via the Internet.
"The Streisand Effect is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose attempt to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California, inadvertently drew further attention to it in 2003."
by Memento Mori August 7, 2020
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The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information has the opposite effect and instead drags attention
Urban Dictionary sucks - said on named site creates The Streisand Effect with lots of thumbs down dragging up the result
by barrust March 27, 2010
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when someone decides to ban or censor something, and that attempt to make something go away, makes it even bigger than ever before, or ever planned.
dj danger mouse's gray album in which he remixed the vocals from jay-z's the black album and the beatles white album. when emi sent a cease and desist letter to danger mouse the internet community created an intense distribution campaign
by bigposerhead February 8, 2005
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When good-intentioned people try to censor hateful content but it only creates a polarized echo chamber that festers and grows.
Timmy: TIMMAH?

Saul: The road to hell is paved with good intentions, but the gates of heaven are opened by the devil's advocate.

Timmy: TIMMEH.

Saul: Yes, Timmy, it seems that we need to rename the barbara Streisand effect since she was trying so hard to have the last laugh, she has allowed hate to grow in the shadows and become a monster now, the Barbaric Streisand Effect.

Saul: Just another example of cyberphunkisms
by cyberphunkisms December 15, 2022
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