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Topic: #social-media

Facebook Purges Leftist Media Company


“teleSUR English Removed from Facebook for Second Time”
teleSUR English, August 14, 2018

“‘Deeply Disturbing’: For Second Time This Year, Facebook Suspends Left-Leaning teleSUR English without Explanation”
Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, August 14, 2018

Just another ratchet click, advancing a policy that has already been established for some time:

“Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments”
Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, December 30, 2017

It's not surprising that Facebook finds straightforward reports of events that happen in the world to be “hateful, threatening or obscene.” I often feel that way myself. The difference is that it's not my policy to keep other people from finding out things that I already know.

#Facebook #social-media #news-suppression

Twitter Purges Antiwar Writer


Twitter has purged am author and critic of the American wars in the Middle East for sassing the Establishment too roughly. They also suspended two antiwar libertarians after they complained about the purge.

“I Was Banned for Life from Twitter”
Peter van Buren, The American Conservative, August 9, 2018

I suppose it's just as well. As a corporation, Twitter simply can't sustain an open, global forum for political ideas. It's not cost-effective.

#Twitter #social-media #war

Campus Security Offices Monitor Social Media


It is now becoming commonplace for security offices at colleges and universities to monitor the social-media accounts of members of the College community for potential threats, crimes, and miscellaneous troublemaking. Sometimes they outsource the work to specialist companies (such as Social Sentinel, which curates and customizes a list of several thousand words whose appearance in posts can trigger investigations).

“Big Brother: College Edition”
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed, December 21, 2017

“Social Media Monitoring: Beneficial or Big Brother?”
Amy Rock, Campus Safety Magazine, March 12, 2018

“University Police Surveil Student Social Media in Attempt to Make Campus Safer”
Ryne Weiss, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, March 16, 2018

Put yourself in the shoes of a student on campus. What would you do if you're aware that anything you post may be flagged by the school administration or police for containing one of the keywords in Social Sentinel's library of harm? Do you make the decision to tweet less? Do you restrict your posts to friends only? It seems hard to imagine how you could moderate your tweets to avoid thousands of words when you have no idea what they are.

And assume you do get flagged and questioned by police. Many people would probably change their behavior. And while people might want to be mindful of what they post publicly online, fear of police and their school monitoring them and misinterpreting their messages shouldn't be something students have to navigate. …

The free exchange of ideas on campus is an invaluable and irreplaceable part of the ideal college experience, and the chilling effect of student social media surveillance actively undermines that.

#surveillance #freedom-of-speech #social-media

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018