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Facebook Removed a Stanford Rapist Meme and Users Are Pissed

Gizmodo
Jun 9 2016

Several Facebook users have taken to the platform to complain that their posts about convicted rapist Brock Turner—whose treatment and sentencing has drawn wide...


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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Does social media have a censorship problem?

May 13 2016

Index on Censorship spoke with team members Jillian C. York and Matthew Stender.


The Secret Rules of the Internet

The Verge
Apr 16 2016

The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech


Facebook Is Struggling To Control Groups Of Men Sharing Revenge Porn

Buzzfeed
Apr 14 2016

Two private groups for residents of Melbourne, Australia, are involved in a bitter online war involving racist comments, drugs, and “revenge” porn that Facebook...


“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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Facebook’s censorship of Aboriginal bodies raises troubling ideas of ‘decency’

The Guardian
Mar 23 2016

Facebook happily hosts Kim Kardashian’s cleavage, but suspended users posting images of topless Aboriginal women for ‘violating community standards’.


Why did Facebook censor this sexual health video we made?

Daily Life
Mar 8 2016

I didn't want to write an article about censorship. I wanted to write an article about how a group of feminist cabaret singers of diverse sizes and sexualities ...


The big myth Facebook needs everyone to believe

Washington Post
Jan 28 2016

Facebook says its community standards are inert, universal, agnostic to place and time.


Facebook content guidelines are indicative of a normative perspective on women that is simultaneously both sanitized and sexualized.

Sarah Myers West

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Why artist Shelby Sells can’t stop getting censored

Detroit Metro Times
Jan 27 2016

Shelby Sells is an artist whose "glitterotica" images—vintage porn digitally superimposed with sparkles—are regularly censored from social media.


Facebook Censors a Bushwick Gallery Over Artist’s Toilet-Squatting Stunt

Bedford + Bowery
Jan 26 2016

Gallery owner Christopher Stout found his Facebook account frozen after posting an image of performance artist Lisa Levy sitting nude on a toilet.


Censorship in the social media age

Columbia Journalism Review
Jan 21 2016

Social media platforms dominate today’s information ecosystem.


Instagram bans photos for showing menstruation

FEMINISTING
Mar 27 2015

In taking down Kaur’s photos, Instagram promotes a long tradition of shaming people who menstruate, as though their bodies are naturally dirty.