Inside Story

Is Facebook right to censor user content?

The social network giant has updated rules on what it bans and why.

More than 1.4 billion people around the world use facebook every month. And the content they post varies just as much as the places they are posting it from.

Facebook users span different countries, cultures and laws. And the company has always had a challenging task of allowing the freedom to post openly, while censoring content it considers offensive or dangerous.
On Monday, Facebook issued new guidelines on what types of content is allowed on the site. And the reasons it bans some material. The updated rules cover everything from nudity to bullying and what the social networking site describes as support for ‘terrorism’.
But how effectively can Facebook enforce its rules?
And do users really want more restrictions on what they post?

Presenter: Shiulie Ghosh.

Guests: Roslyn Layton – Fellow in Internet Economics at Aalborg University at the centre for Communication, Internet and Information Technology.

David Miles – European Director for the Family Online Safety Institute. A member of the United Nations ITU child online protection working council.

Bernd Stahl – Professor of Critical Research in Technology at De Montfort University. He is also the Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility.