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News, Interest and Intrigue: Parsing Facebook’s Latest Content Moderation Policy Announcement

Matthew Stender
Oct 26 2016

Facebook's latest announcement promises greater consideration of context in content moderation. Onlinecensorship.org's Matthew Stender takes a look at the news.


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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Censorship against Palestinians brings Onlinecensorship.org back to its roots

Jessica Anderson
Oct 12 2016

News of an agreement between Facebook and the Israeli government shines a new light on the deactivation of several Palestinian editors' Facebook accounts.


On Facebook, French Antiracists Fall Victim to Censorship

Guest
Sep 21 2016

Among those affected by Facebook censorship are activists in France fighting against racism.


The morality of social networks: how Facebook censors Trump and female sexuality equally (Spanish only)

Ana María Acosta
Jul 21 2016

Facebook luce así de “limpio” por la siguiente razón: cualquier contenido que no se ajuste a sus términos y condiciones de uso es removido.


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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Facebook’s disappearing act

Marianne Diaz
Dec 11 2015

Takedowns in Venezuela suggest its link-blocking function is used for political speech


Social media, news, and the right to know

Jillian C. York
Nov 18 2015

The idea for Onlinecensorship.org was born in 2011, when Facebook took down a link posted by popular band Coldplay.


Between religion and the right to free expression

Sarah Myers West
Nov 18 2015

Arbitrating between religious values and the right to free expression requires a careful balancing act.


“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 guide to being a lady

Sarah Myers West
Nov 18 2015

A growing number of people are pushing back on double standards in the community guidelines and terms of service for many online platforms.


A hard line for hardliners?

Sarah Myers West
Nov 18 2015

Instagram has taken a hard line on Iranian hardliners using the platform.