Requests for Facebook user data and content restrictions in the first six months of 2014 were up some 24 percent compared with the same period of 2013, with a total of 34,946 requests, and the amount of content on the social network restricted by local laws rose about 19 percent year-over-year, according to the third global Government Requests Report, released Tuesday.
The #FreeTheNipple campaign was apparently a success, as The Huffington Post U.K. reported that Facebook has quietly stepped back from its ban on photos of women breast-feeding in which their nipples are revealed.
Facebook Releases Second Global Government Requests Report, Adds Requests To Restrict, Remove Content
Facebook announced the release of the second edition of its Global Government Requests Report, and this time around, it added government requests to restrict or remove content to the information it previously provided on government requests for account information.
Facebook once again found itself in the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” conundrum caused by controversial subject matter, being pressured to remove a page, in this case by the Anti-Defamation League, and winding up in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to censor its users.
Facebook issued an official response to the controversy over whether or not it should ban videos depicting extreme violence, such as beheading, with a fact check post in its Newsroom.
The no-win situation that Facebook often finds itself in when it comes to censorship of content on the social network reared its ugly head again this week with the controversy over whether videos depicting beheading should be allowed or deleted.
Well, it’s a start: Facebook, Twitter, and other sites that are currently blocked in China will be unblocked, but only in a free-trade zone the government is planning to introduce in Shanghai, Reuters reported, via the South China Morning Post.
Facebook has come under fire recently, as several advertisers pulled their campaigns in light of pages promoting hate speech against women on the site. The company responded to this criticism Tuesday, saying that Facebook will start working harder to prevent those kinds of posts and pages from coming to light. Facebook will work with legal experts, as well as women’s rights groups, to better train the teams that deal with feedback on these issues, and it will open up the lines of communication with groups that have faced discrimination.