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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.


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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The Weekly Takedown: 18 January 2017

Jan 18 2017

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


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.


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

Nov 16 2016

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


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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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.


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...


“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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14 September 2016: The Weekly Takedown

Sep 14 2016

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


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.


Censored or not? Which images failed - and passed - the Facebook test

The Sydney Morning Herald
May 6 2016

While Facebook and Instagram make their stances on naked flesh relatively clear, where and when they enact their nipple and nudity censorship have become infamo...


...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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Onlinecensorship.org launches first report (PDF)

Mar 31 2016

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


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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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