Here is another tip for thought. How do you define content that is ill-conceived and blasphemous in light of the “Je suis Charlie” fiasco? What you might think is funny could be offensive to another. That’s why having a targeted content strategy matters. Governments are now increasingly exercising their right to censor social media content and companies like Facebook will have to comply because if they get blocked, they will lose millions in advertising revenue.
When Google and Twitter receive legal threats from countries to censor controversial content or have their services shut down locally, they often publish them on ChillingEffects.org for transparency. But today when Facebook followed Turkey’s legal order to block Pages that defamed the Prophet Muhammad from Turkish users, it kept the demand private.
Rather than get banned, Mark Zuckerberg has said it’s Facebook’s duty to comply with censorship so it can keep operating and at least give some citizens a voice.
Since the Edward Snowden revelations, there’s been an increasing push for transparency in how tech companies work with governments. Most tech giants now publish transparency reports, but are widely barred from breaking out or being specific about how many requests they receive from the NSA.
But when some receive censorship ultimatums from abroad or DMCA copyright takedown notices in the US, they make them public. Google and Twitter both have large…
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