What do you call someone who inappropriately censors another person?

Is there any specific word for someone who derives pleasure out of censoring another person?

To use it in an example: [Word] like him like to censor what other people have to say by deleting their posts. (And let's assume that there is nothing offensive or inappropriate in the deleted posts.)

Note that I'm just looking for a general term for a lecture I am presenting; my request is not specific to any single incident.

  • Can you be a little more specific on how the person censors others? Their grammar? Their accents? Their behavior? Please note the following is the strict rule of this community. Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests. Please edit your question accordingly. – user140086 May 12 '16 at 8:45
  • @Rathony Editing... – RockPaperLizard May 12 '16 at 8:46
  • @Rathony Does that work? – RockPaperLizard May 12 '16 at 8:47
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    It's called a "censor" - a person who examines books, movies, letters, etc., and removes things that are considered to be offensive, immoral, harmful to society, etc. – MorganFR May 12 '16 at 8:50
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    You might say that the person is censorious. – Hot Licks May 12 '16 at 11:42

Only phrase (not a single word) that I can think of is "malicious editor" who does malicious edit. Malicious means

having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person : having or showing malice

[Merriam Webster]

I found one website which defines malicious edits as

unwarranted removal of content; renaming articles without justification; purposefully adding incorrect or false information to articles; editing articles to promote a particular view and/or for the sake of a personal agenda; editing other Users' comments to substantially change their meaning; adding nonsense to a page.

Malicious edits also involve: making an offensive Edit Summary in an attempt to leave a mark that cannot be easily expunged from a page's history record; uploading or using material in ways that violate copyright policy after having been warned.

and malicious editor as:

Any User, registered or anonymous, who persists in making edits or create new pages that contradict the format, style, and standards of the Lost Girl Wiki will be considered a malicious editor.


I would use a phrase rather than a single word, and suggest Petty Tyrant

It is a pejorative term, that carries with it a sense of authority that was gained, or is used, in an unfair or capricious manner.


Such a person would be a suppressor (noun)

Oxford Learner's Dictionaries

a thing or person that suppresses somebody/something

suppress meaning to:

1 ~ to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.)

2 ~ to do away with by or as by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.)

4 ~ to withhold from disclosure or publication (truth, evidence, a book, names, etc.)


Suppressor would be better than censor here because the person who suppresses something is not only censoring it but is also acting from a position of authority.

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