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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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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.


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...


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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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.


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.


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

Jillian C. York
Nov 16 2016

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


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...


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

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.


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.


Onlinecensorship.org Launches in Spanish

Kim Carlson
Jul 21 2016

We're thrilled to announce that as of today, our website is available in Spanish!


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...


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.


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.


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 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 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.


Why artist Shelby Sells can’t stop getting censored

Detroit Metro Times
Jan 27 2016

Shelby Sells is an artist whose "glitterotica" images—vintage porn digitally superimposed with sparkles—are regularly censored from social media.


A hard line for hardliners?

Sarah Myers West
Nov 18 2015

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


What does censoring nude art say about us?

GLOBAL VOICES
Apr 16 2015

The nude, one of the oldest and most recurrent subjects in the art world, has led to the suspension of many Facebook accounts over the years.


Instagram bans photos for showing menstruation

FEMINISTING
Mar 27 2015

In taking down Kaur’s photos, Instagram promotes a long tradition of shaming people who menstruate, as though their bodies are naturally dirty.