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Thai Political Cartoon Goes Mysteriously Dark

January 26, 2018
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Thai Political Cartoon Goes Mysteriously Dark

Thai political cartoon, Khai Meaw, disappeared from Facebook on January 18, 2018, without attribution or explanation. The popular cartoon never employed speech or thought bubbles but was clearly critical of the military junta. The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand claimed no knowledge of government involvement in the disappearance, but did remark that Thai law gives…

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Facebook Blocks Anti-Racist Cartoon

January 9, 2017
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Facebook Blocks Anti-Racist Cartoon

An anti-racist cartoon by Austrian artist Manfred Deix has fallen prey to Facebook’s arbitrary enforcement of their content standards reports Variety. Over the weekend, the cartoon was blocked from the Manfred DEIX Forever Facebook page, and several users who took it upon themselves to repost the image were also blocked from the social media site. The…

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Facebook Censors Strike Again

January 4, 2017
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Facebook Censors Strike Again

Another image has fallen victim to Facebook’s arbitrary enforcement of its policy regarding nudity. This time, the image in question is a photo of the bronze statue of Neptune that resides in Piazza del Nettuno in Bologna, Italy. The mid-sixteenth century fountain designed by Flemish master Giambologna features the god Neptune in the nude, surrounded by equally…

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NCAC Names 2016 Free Speech Defenders (and Offenders)

November 18, 2016
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NCAC Names 2016 Free Speech Defenders (and Offenders)

This year has proved to be a turbulent in many regards — a sentiment most poignantly felt within the free speech community. From increasing controversy regarding Facebook’s nudity policy to a whole community coming together to defend the children’s picture book I Am Jazz, the National Coalition Against censorship compiled a list of 2016′s top 16 free speech defenders…

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Letter Asks Facebook to Quit Blocking Evidence of Human Rights Abuses

November 4, 2016
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Letter Asks Facebook to Quit Blocking Evidence of Human Rights Abuses

In light of repeated instances in which Facebook has blocked or removed posts documenting human rights violations, sometimes at the request of police or other authorities, more than 70 civil rights groups banded together this week to send a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to overhaul the way that content complaints are handled on…

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Breast Cancer Self-Exam Video Censored on Facebook

October 25, 2016
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Breast Cancer Self-Exam Video Censored on Facebook

Even health education isn’t safe from Facebook’s arbitrary nudity policy. The Swedish Cancer Society, Cancerfonden, ran into trouble with the social media giant earlier this month when they posted an animated breast cancer awareness video. It was taken down due to accompanying visuals on how to conduct a breast self-exam. The video, which included information and…

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Indian Cartoonist Orijit Sen on Being a “Voice of Dissent”

April 15, 2016
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Orijit Sen (Source: The Caravan)

Indian cartoonist Orijit Sen is no stranger to censorship. The artist, whose work has been repeatedly pulled from Facebook, recently spoke with Tehelka about why it is important that his “voice of dissent” rubs some people the wrong way and what future generations of artists can do to fight for free expression. Orijit Sen is…

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First Online Censorship Report Confirms Pitfalls of Social Media Moderation

April 8, 2016
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First Online Censorship Report Confirms Pitfalls of Social Media Moderation

Late last year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Visualizing Impact launched an ambitious and much-needed project to gather data on social media content moderation. Last week OnlineCensorship.org bore its first fruit with an in-depth report based on 161 user submissions. As we’ve reported before, social media companies are free to police content any way they…

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Indian Cartoonist Strikes Back at Facebook and Censorship

March 22, 2016
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Orijit Sen (Source: The Caravan)

Since the blocking of two of his cartoons on Facebook, Indian graphic novelist Orijit Sen had made it a personal mission to find ways to provoke audiences and inspire conversations. He spoke with Hindustan Times, discussing how Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus helped inspire him to get into art and his feelings on…

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Indian Cartoonist Latest Victim of Facebook’s Content Policy

March 16, 2016
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Kanika Mishra

A cartoon by Kanika Mishra, drawn in response to a controversial statement made by Indian Minister Maneka Gandhi about the inability to criminalize marital rape, has been pulled from Facebook for not adhering to “community standards.” The award-winning cartoonist has been the victim of death threats and garnered the ire of many Indian men due…

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