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14 September 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Matthew Stender
Sep 14 2017

This Week In Censorship


...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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23 August 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Aug 23 2017

After Charlottesville, debate over how companies should deal with hate speech is growing. Here are just a few of the pieces that addressed the topic this week.


17 August 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Aug 17 2017

As white supremacists take to the streets, social media companies have begun to deny them a platform online.


19 July 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jul 19 2017

Winnie the Pooh, terrorist content, and sacred cows are among the content censored this week by social media platforms...


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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28 June 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jun 28 2017

In this week’s Takedown, major platforms form an anti-terrorism agreement, while Twitter gets heavy-handed on copyright infringement.


21 June 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
Jun 21 2017

In this week's Takedown: YouTube apologizes for censoring queer content, while Facebook mistakes anti-terror for terror.


31 May 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jillian C. York
May 31 2017

A leak of Facebook's internal rulebook is making waves; meanwhile, users continue to complain about YouTube's advertising policies.


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.


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.


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: 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.


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?


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.


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.


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...


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.