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

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.


...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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Censorship against Palestinians brings Onlinecensorship.org back to its roots

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

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)

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.


If social media companies control both the medium and the message—without oversight or transparency—they take the leap from a being a ‘walled garden’ to a selectively clear-cut forest.

Jillian C. York

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Facebook’s disappearing act

Dec 11 2015

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


Social media, news, and the right to know

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

Nov 18 2015

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


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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