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Censorship by Facebook

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Facebook[2] Censorship refers to the practices and policies of the social media[1] giant Facebook, now known as Meta, in moderating and controlling the content on its platform. This includes the removal or suppression of content deemed inappropriate, offensive, or against the platform’s guidelines. Facebook’s censorship practices vary across regions, often collaborating with local governments, as seen in Pakistan and Germany. However, this has sparked global debates concerning freedom of expression and bias. The platform has faced considerable criticism for its actions, such as the removal of political content, images, and certain terms from its search function. High-profile instances include the censorship of artwork, breastfeeding photos, and content related to political movements. Further controversy surrounds Facebook’s content moderation methods, with reports of negative effects on their moderators. The platform’s censorship practices have resulted in legal battles, public outcry, and resistance from various quarters.

Terms definitions
1. social media. Social media is a broad term encompassing a variety of digital tools and platforms that facilitate the sharing of information and the creation of virtual communities. Emerging from early systems like PLATO and ARPANET, it has evolved into modern platforms like Facebook and Twitter. These platforms offer unique features that differentiate them from traditional media, including the ability for users to generate content and engage in dialogic communication. They cater to over 100 million users globally and offer different forms of services, such as messaging apps and collaborative content creation platforms. The use of social media has far-reaching impacts on individuals, society, and businesses, influencing everything from marketing practices to political processes. However, it's also associated with ethical concerns, such as the spread of misinformation and potential addiction.
2. Facebook ( Facebook ) Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms, is a major internet company that started as a social networking platform. Founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, Facebook expanded rapidly from Harvard to other universities and later to the general public, becoming a global phenomenon. It is known for its user-friendly interface and various features such as Groups, the Developer Platform, and Facebook Dating. Despite facing criticism for issues like privacy breaches and the spread of fake news, Facebook has remained a dominant player in the online world. It has made significant strides in the field of technology, including the development of its unique data storage system, the use of PHP for its platform, and the launch of the Hack programming language. In recent years, the company has shifted its focus to the metaverse, a virtual reality space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment.

Facebook has been involved in multiple controversies involving censorship of content, removing or omitting information from its services in order to comply with company policies, legal demands, and government censorship laws.

The warning box that appears when Internet users try to view censored or blocked content on Facebook
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