These are the countries where Facebook censors the most illegal content
May 16, 2018
Facebook i ssued a biannual reporton its relationships with the worldâs governments on Tuesday (May 15), in which the company outlined how often authorities, groups, or private citizensask it to remove content that violates local laws.
The data, which cover the second half of 2017, offer a glimpse into how severely certain states censor online content, separately from Facebookâs own moderation efforts. Topping the list is Turkey, whose authoritarian government is known for clamping down on free speech.
Facebook said that requests there came from Turkeyâs communications authority, courts, ministry of health, and other government entities. The content was restricted according to the Turkeyâs Internet Act, which âcovers a range of offenses including personal rights violations, personal privacy, defamation of [the countryâs founder, Kemal] AtatÃ¼rk, and the unauthorized sale of regulated goods,â Facebook said. The law, which the advocacy group Human Rights Watch calls âdraconian,â has resulted in tens of thousands of Turkish websites being blocked in recent years. The bulk of the Facebook posts from Turkey were restricted because of âprivate reports related to defamation,â according to the company. Quartz asked Facebook to clarify what this meant, and will update the post with any response.
Mexico takes the second spot because of a single video of a school shooting early last year. Facebook had to take down more than 2,100 instances of the clip, where a student shot several others before killing himself. In the first six months of 2017, it had to remove clips of the video more than 20,000 times.
Germany is also high on the list, in part because its constitution bans incitement to hatred. Facebook also removed more than 1,600 items related to Holocaust denial, which is illegal in Germany. (It also removed posts in Italy and Israel because of similar laws.) In 2017, G ermany introduced a law that levies large fines against internet companies who donât swiftly remove content that is illegal in the country. The law is widely seen as one of the strictest imposed on social media platforms in a democratic country. The amount of content restricted in Germany has been on a steep rise in recent years, according to Facebookâs reports.
In India and Pakistan, Facebook restricted content that violated local laws on defamation of religion or blasphemy, hate speech, and âdefamation of the stateâ in India, and âcondemnation of the countryâs independenceâ in Pakistan.Read full story home our picks popular latest obsessions search Sou rce: Google News Turkey | Netizen 24 Turkey