Your rights on the Internet

Posted December 6, 2021

 

Guide for the protection of social networks users rights

Your Rights on the Internet is a digital campaign that aims to inform and educate people on the terms of service and community standards for content moderation in three of the main Internet social networks (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) and their impact on the online right to freedom of expression.

 

 

What’s “contents moderation” on social networks?

Companies that own social networks have established private rules that regulate, among other things, what can and cannot be published. Also, they determine which content will be seen first, and which will not.

These decisions affect how other users access what we publish and, in turn, how we access other users’ publications.

Intermediaries who manage social networks have adopted terms of service and community standards that enable them to sanction those who, in their opinion, have violated them. More

Your rights on the Internet 

Even though platforms should publish their terms of service and warn users if they ever make modifications or updates; these rules are often difficult to access. Even in some cases not all texts are in the user's language. Furthermore, it is not always clear what content may violate the platform's community standards.

Despite the fact that platforms insist that by accepting their terms and norms an agreement between private parties in which no one can get involved is established, this is not true. National and international legislation that recognizes our human rights is above any private contract.

Learn more on your rights when faced with social networks moderation of your content here.

How to appeal against decisions that you consider unfair?

On Twitter: By own rules or By copyright 

On Facebook: By own rules or By copyright 

On YouTube: By own rules or By copyright