The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched Tracking Global Online Censorship, a website project that provides comprehensive, in-depth information about how and why social media platforms remove users’ posts, how users can appeal these take down decisions, and how the practice affects freedom of expression across the globe.
Tracking Global Online Censorship is a multi-language tool and information hub for users, researchers, and policymakers to better understand the international restrictions on speech being put into place by Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other platforms that silence voices and deprive communities, especially marginalized groups and dissenters, of a means to communicate, network, and share their stories with the world.
The site provides our own original research and commentary, and also curates content from key allies, popular publications, and other vetted sources. It includes detailed information on content moderation practices from each company, updated explanations of appeals processes for users, details on the laws that govern content moderation, and additional resources from partners and experts.
Tracking Global Online Censorship, originally launched in 2012, was created as a joint project between EFF and Visualizing Impact and collected user experiences with content takedowns.