Social Media

Court Decision Limits School Officials’ Ability to Punish Student Use of Social Media

By |2020-08-17T14:12:38-04:00August 13th, 2020|News|

One of the most common complaints of students who come to NCAC for assistance is that they have been threatened with discipline for something that they said on social media. In an important decision that greatly reduced the power of school officials to “reach into a child’s home and control his/her actions” and speech, a panel of the Third Circuit [...]

Social Media Under Pressure Part I: Trump Lashes out at Twitter

By |2020-06-19T16:40:11-04:00June 5th, 2020|Blog, News|

Rhetorically framed as defense of free speech, the President’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, is exactly the opposite: an attempt to intimidate social media platforms into yielding to the president’s views of what speech should be allowed online. While we agree that social media platforms “function in many ways as a 21st-century equivalent of the public square” and share [...]

Social Media Under Pressure Part II: Protests, Polarization, and Social Media Regulation

By |2020-06-17T17:30:14-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Blog, News|

As misinformation proliferates, protests escalate, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election looms, how much should social media companies regulate the content on their platforms? Rules and regulations are changing as social media giants are figuring out how to wield their unprecedented power over information. As an organization committed to free expression, we welcome efforts to provide more information, alternative sources [...]

Don’t Delete Art: A Virtual Gallery of Art Censored by Social Media

By |2020-05-19T09:04:56-04:00May 19th, 2020|News|

On May 19, 2020, an international coalition of arts and free expression organizations, including the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), IBEX Collection, Article19, PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), International Arts Rights Advisors, and Freemuse, launched Don’t Delete Art, a virtual gallery showcasing work which is banned or restricted on social media. The gallery, whose curators include frequently-censored artists [...]

NCAC Supports NAK-ED Documentary in the Fight Against Body Shame

By |2020-05-27T16:23:45-04:00May 12th, 2020|News|

Throughout its existence, NCAC has fought the censorship of art containing nude figures. Today, it is supporting the creators of the documentary series, NAK-ED, in their fight against body shaming. It is the idea that there is something shameful about the human body that leads to demands for art depicting the human figure to be repeatedly censored. The episodes will [...]

Tumblr Adult Content Ban Will Chill Free Expression Online

By |2019-05-01T11:37:37-04:00December 19th, 2018|Blog, News|

On December 17th, Tumblr permanently banned adult content from its platform. Under the new community guidelines, any image that depicts sex acts, real-life human genitalia, or (with a few exceptions) female nipples will be hidden from public view. Despite the company’s claims, the new guidelines will not create a “better, more positive” Tumblr.

“User Generated Censorship” Talk at Knight Foundation

By |2020-01-03T13:47:59-05:00August 1st, 2012|Blog|

NCAC board member Chris Peterson gave an excellent presentation --as part of a MIT Civic Ignite program with the Knight Foundation-- on how "user generated censorship" can emerge in social media like Digg and Facebook . Chris' talk starts at about 9:43 but the whole video is full of great information for free speech defenders. Update: You can watch a [...]

Chilling Effects on Social Media

By |2020-01-03T13:40:45-05:00June 8th, 2011|Blog|

Social media has reached a level of pervasiveness that cannot be ignored - and corporations are paying very close attention. Earlier this year, Goldman Sachs received flak for banning Facebook at work while investing $450 million in the company.  Perceived hypocrisy may have played a role, but acknowledging the chilling effect that corporate 'social media policies' have on free speech is another [...]

Future Social Media Policy (and policy)

By |2020-01-05T23:15:54-05:00April 21st, 2011|Blog|

In his article "The Challenge of Developing Effective Public Policy on the Use of Social Media," John Palfrey, co-director of Harvard Law's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, discusses the problems that American youth face in the wake of increased online social media presence in his article. One of Palfrey's  concerns is balancing the desire to encourage “...digital-era youth media practices (for  instance, [...]

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