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The Weekly Takedown: 5 June 2018

Jun 5 2018

Spotify reverses hate speech ruling, a new report from EFF, and more in the latest Weekly Takedown!


Onlinecensorship.org, for me, was about drawing attention to how social media censorship disproportionately affects marginalized communities. The communities that could most benefit from protected spaces online are being excluded from participation.

Ramzi Jaber

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The Weekly Takedown: 26 May 2018

May 26 2018

A new ruling in the US, overblocking on Reddit, Facebook censorship in Lebanon and more, in the latest Weekly Takedown.


11 May 2018: The Weekly Takedown

May 11 2018

Users deserve transparency and accountability, which is why we’ve released the Santa Clara Principles and more news in this week’s Takedown.


The Weekly Takedown: 4 May 2018

May 4 2018

A popular pig is censored in China...and more in this week's Takedown.


Of course we should be able to use social networks to protest against puritanical views about women’s bodies. And we need to defy the idea that the only acceptable images of women are those selected to suit the male gaze, or that men (or tech firms!) can be the ones to decide whether our nipples are sexual or not.

Leigh Alexander

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The Weekly Takedown: 28 April 2018

Apr 28 2018

It’s content takedown transparency week, as Facebook and YouTube release reports on how they enforce community guidelines.


Introducing Offline/Online: A Series of Infographics Demonstrating How Offline Inequities Are Replicated Online

Mar 7 2018

People in marginalized communities who are targets of persecution and violence—from the Rohingya in Burma to Native Americans in North Dakota—are using social m...


Offline/Online Sources

Feb 21 2018

Offline/Online is a series of Onlinecensorship.org data visuals exploring how content moderation practices by social media companies impact marginalized communi...


“Having not received a report we aren't sure which Facebook community standard we violated, though I presume the fact we are swearing, wearing latex gloves and suggestively fondling fruit may have something to do with it. I'm not here to say we didn't break any rules; indeed, I don't know if we did because I didn't get an explanation. The thing is, the rules are unreasonable, and inconsistently policed.”

Maeve Marsden

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Onlinecensorship.org Launches Resource Kit for Journalists

Sep 30 2017

This resource answers frequently asked questions and provides background information on various issue areas, including fake news, hate speech, and censorship of...


31 August 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Aug 31 2017

In this week's update: Western firms consider censorship in Iran, another domain registrar pulls a neo-Nazi site, and more...


...before this when content was removed from Facebook users got a notice saying it had been flagged as inappropriate or that it somehow violated terms of service, indicating that the takedown came from another user’s report. Location-based blocking of videos and content for political reasons has usually come from the government via DNS-based blocking or similar practices, never from social media companies themselves.

Marianne Diaz Hernandez

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