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The Weekly Takedown: 28 April 2018

Apr 28 2018

It’s content takedown transparency week, as Facebook and YouTube release reports on how they enforce community guidelines.


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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Introducing Offline/Online: A Series of Infographics Demonstrating How Offline Inequities Are Replicated Online

Mar 7 2018

People in marginalized communities who are targets of persecution and violence—from the Rohingya in Burma to Native Americans in North Dakota—are using social m...


23 August 2017: The Weekly Takedown

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

Aug 17 2017

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


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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10 August 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Aug 10 2017

Politicians censor, and accuse platforms of censorship...and more in the latest Weekly Takedown.


19 July 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jul 19 2017

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


12 July 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jul 12 2017

Criticism of Germany's hate speech law, Facebook's solutions to hate speech, and Twitter's policies...and more in the latest Weekly Takedown.


28 June 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jun 28 2017

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


27 April 2017: The Weekly Takedown

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.


18 April 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Apr 20 2017

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


12 April 2017: The Weekly Takedown

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

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

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.


1 March 2017: The Weekly Takedown

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...


25 January 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jan 25 2017

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


The Weekly Takedown: 11 January 2017

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

Dec 6 2016

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


23 November 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Nov 23 2016

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


Onlinecensorship.org launches second report, "Censorship in Context" (PDF)

Nov 16 2016

Censorship in Context: Insights from Crowdsourced Data on Social Media Censorship


12 October 2016: The Weekly Takedown

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

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

Sep 28 2016

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


7 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

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...


Blocked and banned by social media: When is it censorship?

San Francisco Chronicle
Aug 30 2016

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Marissa Lang explores whether bans on social media platforms ever amount to censorship.


1 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

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

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

Aug 17 2016

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


August 11, 2016: The Weekly Takedown

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

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

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

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

Jul 13 2016

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


15 June 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Jun 15 2016

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


European Commission's Hate Speech Deal With Companies Will Chill Speech

EFF
Jun 3 2016

A new agreement between the European Commission and four major U.S. companies—Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft—went into effect yesterday.


Does social media have a censorship problem?

May 13 2016

Index on Censorship spoke with team members Jillian C. York and Matthew Stender.


The Secret Rules of the Internet

The Verge
Apr 16 2016

The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech


Onlinecensorship.org launches first report (PDF)

Mar 31 2016

Unfriending Censorship: Insights from four months of crowdsourced data on social media censorship


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

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 16, 2016: Facebook must face up to French censorship

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

Feb 9 2016

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


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.


Is Twitter censoring a report on drone assassinations?

MOTHERBOARD
Oct 19 2015

“It seems clear that Twitter is now engaged in censorship,” Appelbaum wrote me in an email. “Censorship without transparency is a deceptive practice."


Privatizing censorship in fight against extremism is risk to press freedom

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS
Oct 16 2015

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...