Facebook Complicit in Censorship of Inmates, Says Petition

Facebook Complicit in Censorship of Inmates, Says Petition

Not only is South Carolina’s prison system punishing its inmates with severe penalties for accessing Facebook but Facebook itself is complicit in it. This issue has been raised in a new petition.facebook censorship

The Care2 petition forcefully addresses Facebook in the title of the story, saying “Stop Censoring Inmates!” It says the prison system in South Carolina punishes inmates, who access Facebook for keeping in touch with friends and relatives and sharing the “unconstitutional prison conditions” with Facebook users, with solitary confinement.

At the same time, the petition says that Facebook is siding with the SC prison system in targeting these inmates. While Facebook claims that it only censors those users found violating its terms of use, the petition conveys that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) “gathered email evidence that Facebook removes these profiles even when no ToS violation occurred. On that count, Facebook has removed hundreds of profiles of inmates.

The petition targeting Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has been signed by more than 10K people so far.

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