Social media policing has been a hot topic in recent years, thanks in no small part to the revelation that Russian operatives used America’s love affair with online communication to manipulate perceptions leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Americans, it could be argued, are always eager to place the blame on for the public’s activities on organizing bodies; and in the aftermath of the last election, social media giants like Facebook came under intense political pressure to better regulate the activities of those who utilize their websites.

As a result, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have all begun cracking down on content that isn’t in keeping with cultural norms regarding decency. New policies aimed at preventing state actors from acting in bad faith to manipulate foreign populations have been enacted to varying degrees of success, and as some of you may have experienced yourselves, some platforms began suspending accounts when they were flagged for posting content that violated their rules regarding what is and isn’t acceptable to post.

We have removed or disabled access to the following content that you have posted on Facebook because we received a notice from a third party that the content infringes or otherwise violates their rights:

However, the way in which accounts are suspended has repeatedly been called into question. Some have accused sites like Facebook of actively silencing conservative voices while leaving liberal-leaning posts alone. Others have reported having their posts lead to immediate suspensions, even when their content was not in any way controversial. One writer associated with NEWSREP had his Facebook account suspended last year over posting an image commemorating the end of World War II that had a visible Swastika on a flag being held up by American soldiers.