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The Weekly Takedown: 5 June 2018

Jun 5 2018

Spotify reverses hate speech ruling, a new report from EFF, and more in the latest Weekly 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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11 May 2018: The Weekly Takedown

May 11 2018

Users deserve transparency and accountability, which is why we’ve released the Santa Clara Principles and more news in this week’s Takedown.


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.


Offline/Online Sources

Feb 21 2018

Offline/Online is a series of Onlinecensorship.org data visuals exploring how content moderation practices by social media companies impact marginalized communi...


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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31 August 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Aug 31 2017

In this week's update: Western firms consider censorship in Iran, another domain registrar pulls a neo-Nazi site, and more...


New project: Creating better standards for transparency in how platforms moderate content

Aug 23 2017

We're thrilled to announce that we'll be working on a new project to create a consensus-based priority list of the information users and researchers need to bet...


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.


“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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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.


10 August 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Aug 10 2017

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


2 August 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Aug 2 2017

In the latest Weekly Takedown: Google's technosolutionism, why the #freethenipple movement is struggling, and more...


...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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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...


Facebook Must Go Further on Transparency

Jun 30 2017

The Onlinecensorship.org responds to Facebook's "hard questions" on hate speech.


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.


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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21 June 2017: The Weekly Takedown

Jun 21 2017

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


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.


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 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.


15 March 2017: The Weekly Takedown

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

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...


The Weekly Takedown: 18 January 2017

Jan 18 2017

Censorship in Thailand, a lawsuit against Microsoft, 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.


30 November 2016: The Weekly Takedown

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.


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!


2 November 2016: The Weekly Takedown

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...


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.


26 October 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Oct 26 2016

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


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.


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.


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...


On Facebook, French Antiracists Fall Victim to Censorship

Sep 21 2016

Among those affected by Facebook censorship are activists in France fighting against racism.


14 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Sep 14 2016

Nudity on Facebook and Instagram feature heavily 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...


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).


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...


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.


Onlinecensorship.org Launches in Spanish

Jul 21 2016

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


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.


29 June 2016: The Weekly Takedown

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...


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.


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

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

May 17 2016

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


Onlinecensorship.org launches first report (PDF)

Mar 31 2016

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


March 30, 2016: LGBT groups rejected from Facebook

Mar 30 2016

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


March 23, 2016: Politics and patriarchy

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

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.


Why did Facebook censor this sexual health video we made?

Daily Life
Mar 8 2016

I didn't want to write an article about censorship. I wanted to write an article about how a group of feminist cabaret singers of diverse sizes and sexualities ...


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

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

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.


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.


Facebook Censors a Bushwick Gallery Over Artist’s Toilet-Squatting Stunt

Bedford + Bowery
Jan 26 2016

Gallery owner Christopher Stout found his Facebook account frozen after posting an image of performance artist Lisa Levy sitting nude on a toilet.


Facebook begins Europe-wide campaign against extremist posts

Reuters
Jan 18 2016

Facebook Inc began a Europe-wide campaign on Monday to thwart extremist posts on social media.


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's guide to being a lady

Nov 18 2015

A growing number of people are pushing back on double standards in the community guidelines and terms of service for many online platforms.


A hard line for hardliners?

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.