Image for CBC: What Facebook and Twitter ban: New tool tracks social media censorship
Avatar image of Soledad Vega
United States International Free Expression Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free & Open Internet

CBC: What Facebook and Twitter ban: New tool tracks social media censorship

Have you ever had a post removed from Facebook,Twitter or Instagram?  Whether it's removing photos of women breastfeeding, or political speech being banned, social media sites get to decide what is and isn't acceptable on their services.  But this week, a group of researchers is launching a new tool for reporting instances of social media censorship. 

OnlineCensorship.org was founded by Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that advocates for internet freedom, and Ramzi Jaber of Visualizing Impact, a firm that designs visual tools for presenting data. The new censorship tracker is designed to collect as much information as possible about what content gets taken down from social media.
Although each social media platform has its own terms of service, the rules governing what is and isn't acceptable can sometimes be opaque. By collecting data on what is removed, researchers hope to get a clearer picture of what censorship looks like on the social media platforms we use to communicate every day. 
 
- Read more at CBC