Consider the different impact of a court order and a TOS violation. Suppose France successfully prosecuted a poster for inciting violence against Muslims.
(211) When a moderator decides to grant a government request for removal based on a TOS violation, that decision should automatically pass through a second layer of review.
As a start, government officials should be required to identify themselves when reporting content for TOS violations. Online platforms must know that they are dealing with governmental authorities or their surrogates.
(219) Crucially, and uniquely, it discloses the number of government requests seeking removal of terrorism content for TOS violations. (220) Twitter is "actively working to expand" its reporting of all "known, non-legal government TOS requests...
Much as Twitter has done for terrorist content and expects to do far more of in the future, corporate transparency reports should detail the number, subject matter, and results of all government requests to remove content for TOS violations. (223) If governments are allowed to request the addition of hashes to the industry database, transparency reports should include details about those requests.
Also, because the database enforces TOS violations, it would likely result in worldwide blocking of hashed material, as is commonly true of other TOS violations.
16, 2017) (reporting that in the six-month period from July 2016 to December 2016, Twitter received 716 reports from governments related to 5929 accounts and that 85% were removed for TOS violations related to violent extremism).
In its 2016 Transparency Report, Microsoft revealed the number of requests made by countries for the removal of content based on local laws or TOS violations and the percentage that were granted.
Though TOS violations
vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokemon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic's design parameters.
"We first review all reported content in each demand for TOS violations
, which resulted in some content being removed from Twitter on 7,808 accounts," the platform said.