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.
Removals of Alex Jones’s content from online platforms raise questions about content regulation, censorship and who chooses what we can see, and shine a harsh light on the challenges tech companies face in applying their own content guidelines.
Administrators at a Delaware school district have removed Facebook comments dissenting from the District’s position on student protests planned in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
The university was sued by a group of students for failing to protect them from peer-on-peer harassment by not banning a social media app. NCAC writes in support of the university’s commitment to free speech.
NPR has announced it will remove the comments section from its website. But what are the implications for freedom of speech?
Reports out this week claiming that the social media giant selectively removes conservative news items from #trending topics has drawn accusations of censorship, most distressingly from a member of Congress charged with oversight of issues relating to technology, communications and the Internet.
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. […]
Christian Grey. If you haven’t heard that name uttered dozens times over the last year, it’s safe to say that you may have been living under a rock. While certainly not a literary prose masterpiece, the Fifty Shades trilogy hasn’t done too bad for itself, reaching a sales record of over 31 million copies worldwide…
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 […]
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 […]