All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Policy’

Instagram Not Into ‘Hosting Porn’, But Floated Idea of More Nudity-Friendly Version

Instagram Not Into ‘Hosting Porn’, But Floated Idea of More Nudity-Friendly Version

Instagram’s anti-nudity policy and the backlash toward it have been well-documented. But now it appears that maybe, just maybe, the company has thought about rethinking that? Probably not – for plenty of reasons that mostly deal with advertising and its parent company Facebook. But according to CEO Kevin Systrom, Instagram has actuall floated the idea of an “R-Rated” version. Via …

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Instagram Blames Apple for Its Dumb Nudity Policy

Instagram Blames Apple for Its Dumb Nudity Policy

We’ve documented Instagram’s (and its parent company Facebook’s) hatred of the female form for years. The company basically bans photos of female nipples, unless they are attached to a baby or on a sculpture. Instagram’s actual, word-for-word policy on nudity says… “We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative …

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Chrissy Teigen Is the Latest to Test Instagram’s Nudity Policy

So, how long will this post stay up on Instagram? Model Chrissy Teigen is the latest in a line of high-profile celebrities who’ve chosen to defy Instagram’s lame rules concerning nudity. On Monday afternoon, Teigen posted this photo, from a shoot for W Magazine: this story shot by #mertandmarkus for @wmag. Honored to be in the company of such gorgeous …

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Reddit Unveils New Anti-Harassment Policy, But What Does It Actually Do?

Reddit, a site that’s basically run by volunteer moderators with minimal tinkering from the higher-ups, says it’s going to get more serious about dealing with harassment. “We have been looking closely at the conversations on reddit and at personal safety. We’ve always encouraged freedom of expression by having a mostly hands-off approach to content shared on our site. Volunteer moderators …

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Instagram Takes Harder Line on Nudity, Abuse

Instagram has always asked users to be nice and respectful of each other, but now the social network is taking a harder line on a handful of issues. And it’s updated its community guidelines to reflect this. “In the old guidelines, we would say ‘don’t be mean’,” Nicky Jackson Colaco, director of public policy for Instagram, told the Wall Street …

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Twitter Finally Takes a Proactive Step to Fight Abuse – but It’s Limited in Scope for Now

Twitter is taking the first real proactive step to combat abusive content on the site. Anil Dash noticed a new feature when he logged into Twitter on Monday called “quality filtering.” It looks like Twitter is finally attempting to filter out tweets containing threatening language. “Quality filtering aims to remove all Tweets from your notifications timeline that contain threats, offensive …

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Reddit Wants No Part of the Next Fappening

Last year, hundreds of nude images of celebrities were stolen off the cloud and passed around various internet channels including 4chan and reddit. The latter, being a much more mainstream community, faced a heavy dose of criticism for allowing multiple subreddits to continue to post the nude images, despite the protestations of many of the celebrities involved. Reddit eventually shut …

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Marijuana Legalization Was Facebook’s Most-Discussed Topic on Election Day

On Election Day, with hotly contested House, Senate, and Gubernatorial races happening all over the country, social media chatter was turned up to 11. According to Facebook, Tuesday’s midterm elections saw 85 million interactions (posts, likes, and comments) from 27 million people. Some of that conversation can be attributed to Facebook’s “I’m a Voter” prompt that had people sharing their …

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Twitter Now Removes Images of the Dead Upon Request

In some circumstances, upon request of the family, Twitter will now delete images of the deceased. In order for Twitter to act on any specific imagery, a few qualifications must be met. Once an immediate family member of the deceased contacts Twitter with the request, the company will weigh whether or not the images have “public interest factors such as…newsworthiness” …

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Twitter Says It’ll Work on Its Anti-Abuse Policies

In the aftermath of Robin Williams’ death, his daughter Zelda was pretty much driven off Twitter by a handful of horrible people. Merely hours after her father had hung himself, assholes on Twitter began sending her cruel messages and photoshopped images of her dead father. It was a generally uninspiring moment for humanity. Now, in the wake of that, Twitter …

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Google Abandons Real Name Policy for Google+, Apologizes for the Confusion

After years of complaints from users, Google has finally caved and dropped the real name policy that governed Google+, which in turn affected many other Google entities. In an apologetic post, Google admits that their name policy has “been unclear” and that it has led to “unnecessary difficult experiences for some.” “For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s …

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Apple’s iPhone Return Window Shrinks to 14 Days

For a while now, Apple has allowed customers to return any iPhone they purchased 30 days ago or less at an official Apple store (or online)–considering the phone wasn’t screwed up and it had all of its accessories with it. The policy itself isn’t going away–but the window you have to return your unwanted iPhone has shrunk. Now, you must …

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Facebook Clarifies Policy on Graphic Content

Facebook says that when it comes to graphic, violent content posted on the site, they’re going to start taking a more “holistic” approach. We told you earlier this week that Facebook had reversed a months-old policy that banned all sorts of graphic videos – mainly beheading videos – and started allowing them to appear on the site. In May, after …

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Facebook Reverses Ban on Graphic Beheading Videos [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Facebook confirmed that users can share these types of videos as long as they’re not encouraging the activity, and a spokesperson also told me that the company is working on ways to give users more ways to control the kind of content they see. “Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences, particularly when …

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Facebook to Pull All Ads from Pages with ‘Violent, Graphic, or Sexual Content’

Starting next Monday, if you operate a page or group that contains any violent, graphic, or sexual content, you’re going on Facebook’s blacklist for ads. In an effort to assure advertisers that their ads will no longer appear next to any unsavory content, Facebook is going to vastly expand the list of ad-restricted pages and groups. “For example, we will …

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Facebook Allows Mastectomy Photos Following Public Outcry, Petition

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. Here’s how the script usually reads: Someone posts a photo on Facebook that depicts breasts in a non-pornographic setting; Facebook …

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Facebook Won’t Pull Shockingly Graphic Indian Prostitution Page [UPDATED]

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 content-removal system can be. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: This post is NSFW Facebook – you’re sending some seriously mixed messages here. After …

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Pinterest Will Soon Allow Nudity, As Long As It’s Artistic

Pinterest, like many other social sites, has had to deal with an unavoidable amount of nudity, porn, and the battle between the two. Is a bare breast considered pornographic? I don’t know, ask Facebook. How much porn is too much porn, and how hard should you make it for the average user to stumble upon it? I don’t know, ask …

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Facebook Officially Kills the User Vote

Yesterday the voting period ended on Facebook’s third and final Site Governance vote, and we told you that the results overwhelmingly supported keeping the current SSR and Data Use polices. Of course, we also told you that it didn’t matter because not enough people voted to make it binding. With that, Facebook ended its attempt at “democracy” by eliminating voting …

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Facebook Just Eliminated Voting That Doesn’t Matter with a Vote That Didn’t Matter

And with that, Facebook’s tepid attempt at democracy comes to a close. Voting is over in Facebook’s third (and final) Site Governance vote. With just under 700,000 votes cast, Facebook users overwhelmingly voted against proposed changes to Facebook’s SSR and Data Use policies, as well as the decision to remove the current voting system for site governance. But in the …

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Facebook Site Governance Vote on Pace to Break One Million Participants

The third-ever Facebook Site Governance vote is on pace to shatter previous records and see participation from over a million users. Unfortunately, that’s still about 299 million votes shy of what is needed to make the results of the vote binding. Yesterday we told you that most Facebook users were voting against the proposed changes to Facebook policy, which include …

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Everyone Is Voting Against Facebook’s Policy Changes and It Doesn’t Matter in the Slightest

You probably know that Facebook just opened up its third-ever Site Governance Vote, allowing users to vote on proposed changes to the company’s SSR and Data Use policies. Or maybe you have no idea. Maybe you don’t care. That’s fine, but there are thousands of users that do know and do care – and their votes are as useless as …

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Facebook Opens Up Site Governance Vote on Voting

Starting today, you have a week to cast your vote in what will most likely be the last Facebook Site Governance vote ever. The company has announced the opening of the latest vote, which covers Facebook’s attempt to get rid of the vote as a mechanism for dealing with governance and policy changes. With their vote, users will also be …

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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 content being uploaded to the site on a daily basis, makes for a flawed process that leads to plenty of …

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Facebook Asks for Your Vote on Stripping Your Ability to Vote on Future Changes to Site Governance

Back in 2009, Facebook opened up the governance of site policies to its hundreds of millions of users – kind of. For the first time, they allowed users to vote on proposed changes to documents like the Data Use Policy and the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Since then, Facebook has held two Site Governance Votes – the most recent …

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Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Account in Germany, Marking First Use of Local Censorship Policy

As of right now, there are tweets floating around that everyone in the world can access except the residents of a single country – and it was Twitter’s doing. In a move of local censorship, Twitter has apparently blocked German users from accessing the tweets of an account said to belong to a neo-Nazi group. According to the New York …

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Teacher Accused of Posting Suggestive Photos of Minors on Reddit’s “Creepshots” Subreddit

On a site that relies on user-submitted content, there’s bound to be some areas that the general public finds distasteful, perverted, or even criminal. When that site is reddit (which generated 3.4 billion pageviews last month), it’s a mathematical certainty. Reddit has seen its share of controversy regarding the content of the links posted to the site. Earlier this year, …

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Banned New Yorker Cartoon Provides the Most Ridiculous Example of Facebook’s Breast Phobia Yet [UPDATED]

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 the New Yorker, who has taken to calling to event “Nipplegate,” the following Mike Stevens cartoon prompted a temporary ban …

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Facebook Updates Their Games Policy

Facebook hasn’t been super busy in the world of development this past week. We can only hope that their hard at work improving the Android app. That being said, the social network does have a few big changes coming your way in the weekly Operation Developer Love update. Facebook announced a policy change for games that went live yesterday. The …

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Stuxnet Debate Continues: How Should Cyberweapons Be Used?

When the revealing news regarding the Stuxnet computer worm came out, much controversy pursued as a result. David Sanger of the New York Times exposed the information as part of the much larger U.S. “Olympic Games” initiative and has now even written a book on it. Since that time, information regarding another form of malware called Flame has also been …

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