How prisons kick inmates off Facebook


It takes a little bit of work to get off Facebook. To suspend your profile, you have to walk through some settings pages and submit a form explaining why you're de-activating. And if you want to permanently delete a profile, you have to submit a different form, then wait several days.

But for at least four years, the Facebook accounts of incarcerated Americans had a fast track to suspension.

Since at least 2011, prison officials who wanted to suspend an inmate's profile could submit a request to Facebook through its "Inmate Account Takedown Request" pageThe company would then suspend the account — immediately, often with "no questions asked," reports Dave Maass, an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), who wrote about having discovered the page. Read more...

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