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Facebook Agrees to Sensor Images in Turkey
A few weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg posted about free speech and his thoughts about (and how Facebook should always remain a place where people can speak freely) on Facebook. Now, though, it's come to the media's attention that Facebook has agreed to a court order from a court in Turkey to censor certain images of prophet Muhammad. And it's making big news because people are comparing Zuckerberg's statement (see slide 2) with this change. But, this isn't anywhere near the first time that FB has said "its a place for free speech" only to then censor something so that it can continue operating in a given country. It's happened in Syria, China, Tibet, Turkey, and Russia. (China is an exception, considering it can't even operate there, but probably hopes to). These aren't new limits. Facebook has always censored based on valid legal requests. So why does everyone care now? During the first six months of 2014, Turkey asked Facebook to censor 1,893 pieces of content. What is Facebook supposed to do in this situation: continue with it's policy of adhering to court orders, or simply leave those countries where it is facing censorship? What do you think?
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It's basically FB chooses to function in these countries or just doesn't. Personally, even if they must censor some images, it's better that there are some ways for people to express to other nations, even if there are some limitations.
@drwhat Thanks for the mention. I think Facebook must choose: be an innovator or be a business that plays by the rules.