The EFF demands more transparency from Facebook, Google and Twitter on removal of contents

If you've ever suffered having your public post removed by the social networks without any substantial explanations, then someone has got your back, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has demanded more transparency from them.

The EFF is a not-for-profit coalition of digital rights groups that promote Internet civil liberties, and also provides tips, tools, how-to's, tutorials, and software for safer online communications.

The coalition has called on big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google, to give reasons behind their decisions before removal of content as well as improve on their appeals policies.

According to the document published on Monday entitled: "The Santa Clara Principles," asking tech companies to disclose details concerning "content removals, account suspensions, appeals, and other practices that impact free expression," the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), another group in the coalition, iterated their resolve to enforcing the demand.

The coalition also suggested that information to users pending removal should be divided into these categories: numbers, notice and appeal; which must be submitted in a quarterly report in openly licensed, machine-readable format.

It has equally expanded the appeal rules so that users can now challenge the social networks about the removal of any piece of content.

The EFF was also very active in the past US presidential election because of online phishing related to the controversy over the manipulation of election results, and possibly the Russian interference, of which the coalition publicizes these controversies and worked to promote the reduction of online phishing.
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