Our Matthew Stender spoke to the Washington Post about Facebook's decision to stop banning the iconic 'Napalm Girl' war photo.
Nick Ut’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phúc fleeing from a napalm attack during the Vietnam war is one of the most iconic pieces of ph...
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Marissa Lang explores whether bans on social media platforms ever amount to censorship.
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.
A new agreement between the European Commission and four major U.S. companies—Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft—went into effect yesterday.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is the "dictator" of "the biggest nation in the world", the co-founder of file sharing site The Pirate Bay, told CNBC on Friday, a...
Index on Censorship spoke with team members Jillian C. York and Matthew Stender.
“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.”
While Facebook and Instagram make their stances on naked flesh relatively clear, where and when they enact their nipple and nudity censorship have become infamo...
Facebook has banned Glasgow Girl Roza Salih for posting a photo of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan alongside a quote that read: “Liberating life is im...
The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech
...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
Facebook is embroiled in a row with a group of British activists who say it is “censoring” material that might offend the Turkish government.
Two private groups for residents of Melbourne, Australia, are involved in a bitter online war involving racist comments, drugs, and “revenge” porn that Facebook...
Facebook happily hosts Kim Kardashian’s cleavage, but suspended users posting images of topless Aboriginal women for ‘violating community standards’.
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 ...
Facebook says its community standards are inert, universal, agnostic to place and time.
Shelby Sells is an artist whose "glitterotica" images—vintage porn digitally superimposed with sparkles—are regularly censored from social media.
Gallery owner Christopher Stout found his Facebook account frozen after posting an image of performance artist Lisa Levy sitting nude on a toilet.
Social media platforms dominate today’s information ecosystem.
The author received a takedown notice from Facebook 24 hours after posting about Charlie Hebdo.
When American Internet companies do business abroad, they are sometimes forced to do a repressive government’s dirty work.
Facebook Inc began a Europe-wide campaign on Monday to thwart extremist posts on social media.
Obama administration acknowledges ‘complicated first amendment issues’ after top counter-terrorism officials traveled to California to woo technology executives...
There's much ado in Denmark this week after Facebook allegedly censored a photograph of the little mermaid statue.
Facebook has clarified that a report from TheWire.in was mistakenly labelled as spam and has since been restored.
Over the past three days, Twitter has been preventing its users in France from viewing certain images and keywords related to the Paris attacks.
“It seems clear that Twitter is now engaged in censorship,” Appelbaum wrote me in an email. “Censorship without transparency is a deceptive practice."
It's the age-old question on matters of free speech: how do we handle speech the public generally finds unacceptable?
Allowing ill-defined "extremist" content to be removed without judicial oversight or due process can too easily be used by states interested in limiting indepen...
"It's just the latest international case of alleged censorship by Facebook, which internet activists accuse of lacking transparency over what content it takes d...
The #MyNameIs coalition says that Facebook's policy of requiring people to use its service under their "legal" name is discriminatory.
The nude, one of the oldest and most recurrent subjects in the art world, has led to the suspension of many Facebook accounts over the years.
In taking down Kaur’s photos, Instagram promotes a long tradition of shaming people who menstruate, as though their bodies are naturally dirty.