Wired: When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice

Wired: When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice. “When the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Mahmoud al-Werfelli in August for the war crime of murder in Libya, it marked a watershed moment for open-source investigations. For those of us who embrace the promise of the digital landscape for justice and accountability, it came as welcome validation that content found on Facebook and YouTube form a good deal of the evidence before the Court. But this relatively new path to justice is at risk of becoming a dead-end.”

BuzzFeed: Violence On Facebook Live Is Worse Than You Thought

Buzzfeed: Violence On Facebook Live Is Worse Than You Thought. “Facebook Live has a violence problem, one far more troubling than national headlines make clear. At least 45 instances of violence — shootings, rapes, murders, child abuse, torture, suicides, and attempted suicides — have been broadcast via Live since its debut in December 2015, a new BuzzFeed News analysis found. That’s an average rate of about two instances per month.”

Reuters: Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube

Reuters: Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube. “Google said it would take a tougher position on videos containing supremacist or inflammatory religious content by issuing a warning and not monetizing or recommending them for user endorsements, even if they do not clearly violate its policies.”

Harvard Crimson: Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes. “Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat. A handful of admitted students formed the messaging group—titled, at one point, ‘Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens’ —on Facebook in late December, according to two incoming freshmen.”

Motherboard: How Terrorists Slip Beheading Videos Past YouTube’s Censors

Motherboard: How Terrorists Slip Beheading Videos Past YouTube’s Censors. “Google services—namely YouTube—are the most plentiful and important links used by terrorist organizations to disseminate their propaganda. And despite all of YouTube’s efforts to keep them out thus far, such groups still manage to sneak their media onto its servers.”

The Guardian: Underpaid and overburdened: the life of a Facebook moderator

The Guardian: Underpaid and overburdened: the life of a Facebook moderator. “Psychologists say that the emotional toll of looking at extreme imagery, whether violent terrorist acts or child sexual abuse, can be punishing. Workers exposed to such content should have extensive resiliency training and access to counsellors, akin to the support that first-responders receive. However, testimony from those working to keep beheadings, bestiality and child sexual abuse images off Facebook indicates that the support provided isn’t enough.”

Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence. “Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.”