[Public Interactions, Private Censorship: The Case of Facebook]

Hist Cienc Saude Manguinhos. 2015 Dec;22 Suppl:1637-51. doi: 10.1590/S0104-59702015000500006.
[Article in Portuguese]

Abstract

Facebook is examined as a transnational online social networking platform where public discussions and interactions take place. The study surveys the private control of cultural and political expressions exercised by the platform's managers, which can be defined as private censorship. Cases of removal of content are presented and Facebook's political control policies discussed. The article also shows how Facebook rules display highly discretionary components and an aesthetic that can be portrayed as a kind of biopolitics of the information-age society.

MeSH terms

  • Civil Rights
  • Politics*
  • Social Control, Informal*
  • Social Media / organization & administration*
  • Social Networking