1) Can content on Twitter be taken down? Under what circumstances?
Yes. According to Twitter’s country-specific censorship policy, tweets can be taken down if it violates the law of the land. However, tweets blocked in India, for instance, can be visible in other parts of the world.
As per Twitter’s terms and conditions, if users post information that is private and confidential, including Credit card information, Social security or other national identity numbers, Addresses or locations that are considered and treated as private, non-public, personal phone numbers, non-public, personal email addresses, it can be removed.
This will not apply to information that was previously posted or displayed elsewhere on the Internet prior to being put on Twitter.
2) Will I get to know if my tweets are blocked?
Twitter sends a notice to the person whose tweets are removed. Besides, they also send this information to www.chillingeffects.
org, a website that maintains an archival record of free speech violations in the online world.
3) Can your video be blocked on YouTube? How?
YouTube expects users to know its Community Guidelines and accordingly flag content that they believe violates them. If these guidelines are violated, the content can be removed.
4) Can you reverse YouTube’s decision to remove your video?
Yes. You can try. An appeals process that began recently allows you to sign into MyAccountSettings and appeal your video strike directly from the "ManageAccount" section under "Account
Status". YouTube can review your appeal and reinstate your video and remove the strike from your account.
5) What happens if a Facebook post by a journalist or blogger invites an ‘abuse’ report?
Facebook relies on its user community to determine if the content is offensive or not. Every wall post, photo, note etc. has a report abuse link embedded in it. Unlike Twitter, Facebook maintains no record of censorship.
6) If you re-tweet a message on Twitter or use Storify
as part of a story you file and it is subsequently deemed objectionable, who is responsible?
The intermediary hosting your site, your editor, reporter will be held responsible.
7) Is it ethical for journalists to use content that is on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter for their stories?
Content on social media networks is usually public, unless users activate privacy settings to restrict viewers. So journalists can use content from social media networks but it is a good idea to be ethical in using material that can compromise privacy.