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Facebook Denies Special Partnership with Police

Facebook Denies Special Partnership with Police

By Josh Wolford October 28, 2013 | 5 Comments

It’s no secret that Facebook will cooperate will law enforcement. The company will disclose account records upon receiving a valid subpoena, court order, search warrant, or national security letter. Basically, Facebook says that they will do what the law requires …

Google Set to Crack Down on Blogger Porn Ads Google Set to Crack Down on Blogger Porn Ads
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It looks like Google is getting ready to crack down on adult content on Blogger – or at least those who profit from promoting adult content on Blogger. Blogger users who have identified their blogs as containing “adult” content just …

Facebook Allows Mastectomy Photos Following Petition Facebook Allows Mastectomy Photos Following Petition
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Facebook has a breast phobia. Anyone who’s attempted to post art, breastfeeding photographs, and even photos that resemble breasts but are not actually breasts, only to have them removed, know this. We’ve covered Facebook’s wonky content-removal system plenty of times. …

Facebook Won't Pull Graphic Indian Prostitution Page Facebook Won't Pull Graphic Indian Prostitution Page
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UPDATE: It looks like Facebook has removed the page, as I thought they would. But it was still active for a long time, and Facebook did delay in yanking it even after various content reports. Still shows how messed-up Facebook’s …

Facebook's Content Removal System Under Fire Again Facebook's Content Removal System Under Fire Again

Facebook is (once again) in the middle of a content removal drama – except this time is doesn’t have anything to do with breastfeeding, racy cartoons, art, exposed nipples, or racially charged posts. This time, the drama centers around a …

Facebook Restores That Nipple/Elbow Photo Facebook Restores That Nipple/Elbow Photo
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Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s latest act of severe breast phobia, as the social network removed a photo that only appeared to depict bare breasts, but instead featured a woman’s elbow. The Facebook page that posted the photo, Theories …

This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook

In the past, we’ve been pretty critical of Facebook’s breast phobia (and its policies relating to nudity and content removal in general). As you may know, Facebook mostly outsources its policing of content. This, coupled with the sheer volume of …

Google Blocks Contested YouTube Video in Brazil Google Blocks Contested YouTube Video in Brazil
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After running out of appeal options, Google’s Director in Brazil Fabio Coelho has announced that Google will in fact block access to certain disputed videos in the country. Coelho had a pretty personal stake in the drama that played out …

Google's President of Operations Arrested in Brazil Google's President of Operations Arrested in Brazil
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UPDATE: Google has not commented on Coelho, but a spokesperson told me that they are taking action on the ruling to remove the aforementioned videos: “Google is appealing the court’s decision to remove a video from YouTube because, as a …

Brazil Judge Orders Arrest of Google Employee Brazil Judge Orders Arrest of Google Employee

In another international case of countries attempting to hold companies responsible for “offensive” content hosted by one of their sites, a Brazilian judge has actually ordered the arrest of one Google employee. On Monday, Judge Flavio Peren ordered the arrest …

Facebook's Breast Phobia Is Again on Display Facebook's Breast Phobia Is Again on Display

In a move that pays tribute to the Justice Department’s 2002 decision to throw drapes over the Spirit of Justice’s exposed aluminum breasts, Facebook temporarily banned the New Yorker‘s page for two black dots on a black-and-white cartoon. According to …

Facebook Continues To Yank Breastfeeding Photos Facebook Continues To Yank Breastfeeding Photos
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Another day, another set of breastfeeding images removed from Facebook. This time, the affected group of breastfeeding activists hail from the Respect The Breast Facebook page. The page’s founder, Heather Stultz, told the Huffington Post that in the last few …

Facebook's Breast Phobia Is Absolutely Ridiculous Facebook's Breast Phobia Is Absolutely Ridiculous
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Full disclosure: I’m much, much more socially liberal than the average bear. I won’t get into specifics about certain policy positions – but let’s just say that I fail to see how a little lightening up could do anything but …