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What is Happening on TikTok: Shadowbanning and Censorship

The social media app TikTok EXPLODED in 2020, partially due to downtime during the pandemic. The rise of a new platform led to a burst of content creators who finally had the time and means to try and make it as a creator. TikTok has helped creators gain recognition...

Welcome to TikTok’s endless cycle of censorship and mistakes

Ziggi Tyler is part of TikTok’s Creator Marketplace, a private platform where brands can connect with the app’s top creators. And last week, he noticed something pretty disturbing about how the creator bios there were being automatically moderated. When he tried to...

Google Search Blacklists Major Conservative Websites in New Censorship Purge

Google search has blacklisted numerous major conservative websites by removing them from results in what appears to be a major new censorship purge.Breitbart, the Daily Caller, Infowars, Human Events and Red State are all missing when a user searches directly for...

Revealed: how TikTok censors videos that do not please Beijing

TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned social network, instructs its moderators to censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or the banned religious group Falun Gong, according to leaked documents detailing the site’s moderation guidelines. The...

The White House Just Confirmed Facebook Works as a Government Censorship Tool

Speaking to reporters at the White House Thursday afternoon, Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained how the White House and the federal government are working to flag posts on Facebook which they see as "problematic.   "We're flagging problematic posts for Facebook...

Twitter’s Censorship Method

Dorsey doesn’t seem to regret his company’s partisan favoritism.What a depressing spectacle. On Wednesday the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on online speech, questioning the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey was the focus, two...

Facebook Censorship Board Member: Free Speech Is Not A Human Right

Thorning-Schmidt argued in favor of Facebook’s oversight board colluding with other tech oligarchs to create a mass digital suppression campaign.Free speech is not a human right, according to prominent Facebook censorship board member Helle Thorning-Schmidt. “What...

Right or Left, You Should Be Worried About Big Tech Censorship

Conservatives are being censored Claiming that “right-wing voices are being censored,” Republican-led legislatures in Florida and Texas have introduced legislation to “end Big Tech censorship.” They say that the dominant tech platforms block legitimate speech without...

Five Times Google Was Caught Red Handed on Bias and Censorship

Could Google swing an election? A string of leaks over the past four years suggests the tech giant has gone above and beyond to suppress conservative, independent media and the Trump movement. Twitter has attracted much attention in recent weeks for its brazen, highly...

Google admits to censoring the World Socialist Web Site

By Robert Epstein ContributorJune 22, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. In a statement before a Senate hearing on October 28, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, admitted that the dominant online search company has censored the World Socialist Web Site. At...

How Facebook censors your posts (FAQ)

High-profile videos involving the police and the black community have put a spotlight on the mess that is Facebook’s censorship policies. We’ve put together the FAQ Facebook lacks to help you understand how, when and why you’re being censored.

After Korryn Gaines entered her Baltimore apartment earlier this month, she pulled out a shotgun and then her phone. She opened the Instagram and Facebook apps so she could post details of her standoff with the police.

Facebook cut her off.

Gaines wasn’t the first black person to post about a run-in with the police. Others include Philando Castile, whose fiancee in July streamed live video on Facebook as he lay dying after a police officer shot him. A few days later, a protestor streamed a sniper attack on Dallas police on the social network.

But her clash marked a turning point in the conversation about Facebook’s role in empowering speech. That’s because her friends watching did more than just watch: They urged her not to acquiesce.

Facebook temporarily shut down Gaines’ account at the request of the police. It came right before officers opened fire, killing her and striking her 5-year-old son.

The decision put a spotlight on another Facebook activity: its routine censorship of users.

Mark Zuckerberg’s company has teams of people working in offices around the world — Austin, Texas; Dublin, Ireland; Hyderabad, India; and its Menlo Park, California, headquarters — who process millions of reports a week.

Facebook doesn’t disclose how many times people post, how many live videos are streamed or how many posts it’s deleted. The company has said it’s responded to about 20,000 law enforcement requests over a five-month period last year.

Activists say Facebook needs to more clearly spell out policies, particularly after what happened with Gaines.



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