This weekend, Mark Zuckerberg's company deactivated messages on its two most popular platforms, which sparked a great debate: who decides what we can say on social networks?
This is Censorship on Instagram and Facebook and users are outraged from various parts of the planet.
It all started with the deactivation of the accounts of Charlie Hebdo journalists who had reproduced the covers of the magazine that showed cartoons of Muhammad, something that was prohibited by the Islamic religion. At the same time, Facebook prevented access to the direct of the end of life of an incurable patient who demands a “dignified death”. On what are these controversial decisions based and how are they made? Users need to know and we need certainty as well as security.
First, Instagram's decision took place at a symbolic moment for said French magazine. It was in the week that the trial for the terrorist attack against the newsroom began, a fact that led the two journalists in question to reissue the cover for which he was targeted by the jihadists in 2015.
The decision caused a wave of protests, which led French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot to recall that in her country "the right to blasphemy cannot be reduced." Soon after, Instagram reversed the action.
“These accounts were deleted by mistake. We have reestablished them as soon as we know it, and we have apologized ”, excused Mélanie Agazzome, communication director of Instagram for France and southern Europe.
Why had the cover of Charlie Hebdo been censored on Instagram, while in French newsstands and on the web it can be seen without problem within the framework of the law?
It happens that for an account to be deactivated in the social network, it is enough that it be indicated. "It is possible that massive complaints on the cover have led to the automatic suspension of Instagram accounts," said cartoonist Coco on Twitter.
“The blocking or deletion of an account only happens after complaints. As an extreme precaution and security measure, after a massive report, we promptly delete the account because we believe there is a danger. Sometimes this can lead to mistakes. We are still human, and artificial intelligence also has its limits, "Instagram representatives recently explained to Les Inrocks magazine about decisions of this nature.