Facebook Criticized for Censoring ACLU Blog Post About Censorship
Facebook found itself in the middle of another controversy around online speech when it deleted a blog post that, ironically enough, was about free speech and censorship. The post, which discussed a "kerfluffle" about a partially-nude statue in a public park in Kansas, included a picture of the statue. When the photo was incorrectly identified as a nude picture in violation of Facebook’s Community Standards, the service not only removed the blog post but also "unpublished" the ACLU's entire Facebook page. The company ultimately backtracked, claiming that both takedowns were mistakes, but not before the media picked up on the controversy and highlighted Facebook’s “history of problems with boobs” and other incidents where it incorrectly or arbitrarily enforced its policies.