Report Alleges 154 Universities Use Secret Facebook ‘Blacklist’ To Censor

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By Corinne Weaver~

Censorship on college campuses can be problematic, especially if those campuses are public institutions.

“Restrictions on speech by public colleges and universities amount to government censorship, in violation of the Constitution,” wrote the American Civil Liberties Union. However, state universities and colleges, according to a report from the Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE) in Education, are allegedly censoring comments on their official Facebook pages. One hundred and fifty-four universities seemingly used the Facebook profanity filters to block certain words and phrases from being placed in the comment section. More than 1,800 words have been collectively banned by these institutions, reportedly.

Courts have ruled that President Donald Trump and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are not allowed to block people from their Twitter accounts. According to FIRE, 87 percent of the universities who responded have specific blocklists on Facebook or Twitter.

The organization sent a letter to Facebook…

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