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27 April 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Matthew Stender
Apr 27 2017

Thailand and Vietnam go after Facebook, Instagram goes after museums, and Twitter refuses to go after Trump...and more in this week's 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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18 April 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Matthew Stender
Apr 20 2017

Facebook is under fire this week after a murder was broadcast on its Live platform.


12 April 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Matthew Stender
Apr 12 2017

This week's update shows how governments and corporate executives collaborate to limit access to content online.


31 March 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Ramzi Jaber
Mar 31 2017

A look at Twitter's latest transparency report and YouTube's new "restricted" mode...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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24 March 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Mar 24 2017

This week, we take a look at YouTube's latest restrictions and Twitter's takedown of more than half a million accounts.


15 March 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Mar 15 2017

In this week's update, we look at the censorship of sexuality across social media platforms.


1 March 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Mar 1 2017

In this latest edition of the Weekly Takedown, we look at Facebook's latest announcement, an apparent new policy at Twitter, and the effect of online censorship...


“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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2 February 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Feb 2 2017

In this week's update: Facebook admits to automated bans, the company's role in Poland, and the toll that commercial content moderation takes on its workers.


25 January 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jan 25 2017

The censorship of a Russian media outlet, pirates posting porn, and more in this week's Takedown.


The Weekly Takedown: 18 January 2017

Jillian C. York
Jan 18 2017

Censorship in Thailand, a lawsuit against Microsoft, and more in this week's Takedown.


...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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The Weekly Takedown: 11 January 2017

Jillian C. York
Jan 11 2017

This year's starting off on a censorious foot, with Apple blocking a popular news app in China. Find out more in this week's Takedown.


The Weekly Takedown: 7 December 2016

Jillian C. York
Dec 6 2016

Silicon Valley companies join forces against terrorism, one Chinese's company's quest to take censorship abroad, and more.


30 November 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Nov 30 2016

In this week's roundup, nudity and body image on Instagram, the "fake news" controversy, and why Facebook might be building a tool to censor in China.


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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23 November 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Nov 23 2016

After a brief hiatus, the Weekly Takedown is back...and just in time for mass suspensions on Twitter!


2 November 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Nov 2 2016

Facebook dominates the headlines this week, with a new report on how executives are involved in content controversies and a letter from more than 70 rights grou...


26 October 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Oct 26 2016

Will Facebook's new enforcement guidelines result in more freedom of expression on the platform?


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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12 October 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Oct 12 2016

In this week's roundup: the Brazilian government can't take a joke, Facebook's "mass purge" of Kashmiri accounts, and more...


5 October 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Matthew Stender
Oct 5 2016

Why did a cat photo result in a takedown? ...and other important questions in this week's roundup.


28 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Sep 28 2016

YouTube gamifies content moderation, Twitter refuses a takedown request, and more in this week's takedown.


21 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Sep 21 2016

Facebook's near-blanket ban on nudity remains a hot topic this week, while a new report on the company's censorship of French antiracists gives insight into the...


14 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Sep 14 2016

Nudity on Facebook and Instagram feature heavily in this week's takedown.


7 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Sep 7 2016

This week, we look at algorithmic models to fight extremism, the growth of white nationalism on Twitter, and the ever-increasing censorship of Facebook pages an...


1 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jessica Anderson
Sep 1 2016

In this week's takedown, we look at censorship in Turkey, protest against Facebook in the US, and a censored hand.


24 August 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Aug 24 2016

In this week's takedown, we look at the various ways in which companies are silencing political speech around the world.


August 17, 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Matthew Stender
Aug 17 2016

Twitter makes waves for political censorship and Israel attempts to police the internet.


August 11, 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Kim Carlson
Aug 11 2016

This week we look into issues surrounding the power balance between users and their platforms (and in some cases, the state).


4 August 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Kim Carlson
Aug 4 2016

In this week's update, we look at how Instagram is dealing with harassment on its platform, two political crises for Facebook and Twitter's future use of corpor...


27 July 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jul 27 2016

In this week's update, we look at new features at Twitter, Facebook's block of a Wikileaks link, and more.


21 July: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jul 21 2016

In this week's update: Facebook is accused of censoring Kashmiris, Twitter bans a journalist's account for racist and sexist tweets, and a 14-year-old blog myst...


13 July 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jul 13 2016

This week's headlines are filled with news about censorship on Facebook. We take a deeper look.


29 June 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jun 29 2016

This week, we look at the relationship between art and social media, political censorship in the Philippines and Singapore, and whether companies are using auto...


22 June: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jun 22 2016

In this week's edition: Pressure from Bangladesh to remove "inappropriate speech," and removal of speech with no prodding at all.


15 June 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Sarah Myers West
Jun 15 2016

In this week's edition: Companies grapple with hate speech, and AI gets its day in the limelight.


8 June 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jun 8 2016

In this week's edition: Bias against bodies, Israel seeks social media control, a Philippine journalist censored, and more.


31 May 2016: The Weekly Takedown

May 31 2016

In this week's roundup: Pirate Bay founder calls Facebook's Zuckerberg a "dictator" and YouTube attempts to redefine pornography.


25 May 2016: How Facebook Can Shape Public Opinion

Jillian C. York
May 25 2016

In this week's roundup, we look at how Facebook can shape the way its users see the world.


17 May 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
May 17 2016

Formerly known as "Last Week in Online Censorship," The Weekly Takedown shares stories of social media censorship from around the world.


March 30, 2016: LGBT groups rejected from Facebook

Matthew Stender
Mar 30 2016

In this week's roundup: LGBTQ groups take issue with Facebook policies and


March 23, 2016: Politics and patriarchy

Jillian C. York
Mar 23 2016

In this week's roundup: A Turkish news site, topless women, childbirth imagery, an Indian political cartoon and more censored by Facebook.


March 15, 2016: Elective censorship

Matthew Stender
Mar 15 2016

In this week's roundup: Instagram and Facebook censor mockery of Donald Trump and a German breast cancer campaign encourages breaking Facebook's nudity ban.


March 9, 2016: More transparency needed

Matthew Stender
Mar 9 2016

In this week's roundup: The ACLU calls for more transparency, and Facebook censors a sexual health video.


March 3, 2016: At the intersection of corporations and governments

Jillian C. York
Mar 3 2016

In this week's roundup: Facebook erases culture in Indonesia, and meetings between the US Justice Department and social media companies make headlines.


February 23, 2016: A diverse mix of entities all experience Facebook censorship

Matthew Stender
Feb 23 2016

In this week's roundup: A satirical magazine, marijuana dispensaries, and a Tunisian photographer all face Facebook censorship.


February 16, 2016: Facebook must face up to French censorship

Jillian C. York
Feb 16 2016

Each week, we will share a roundup of notable news articles related to censorship on social networks.


February 9, 2016: Facebook thinks ice cream cones are too sexy

Jillian C. York
Feb 9 2016

Each week, we will share a roundup of notable news articles related to censorship on social networks.