Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would remove content targeting public officials “at risk” of self-harm, Forbes reported.
The Big Tech giant said the decision comes after comments from “a large number of global stakeholders”.
“We will now remove coordinated mass harassment efforts that target people at increased risk of harm offline, such as victims of violent tragedies or government dissidents – even though the content alone would not violate our rights. policies. We will also remove objectionable content that is considered mass harassment of anyone from personal surfaces, such as direct messages in the inbox or comments on personal profiles or posts. We will need additional information or context to apply this new policy. “
Facebook will also be to delete “Pages and groups that work together to harass or silence people, for example a state-sponsored organization using closed private groups to coordinate mass posting of dissident profiles.” “
Facebook was critical by celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and Sacha Baron Cohen also denounced Facebook’s failure to stop hate speech and boycotted Facebook last year with the hashtag #StopHateForProfit.
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg threatens to leave the platform in 2019 due to bullying and hate speech, which she said was “very upsetting.”
“Public figures – whether politicians, journalists, celebrities or creators – use Facebook and Instagram to interact directly with their followers … Our policy on bullying and harassment distinguishes between public figures and individuals to enable freedom of expression and legitimate public discourse. around those in the public eye … Public figures should not be subjected to degrading or sexualized attacks.
Frances Haugen, Facebook whistleblower noted the platform cares about money rather than people and has called for more government regulations to censor “disinformation.”
“Facebook, time and time again, has shown it prefers profit over security,” Haugen said. noted. She will testify before Congress this week and hopes her testimony will push the government to put in place regulations to govern Facebook.
“No one on Facebook is malicious,” she said added. “But the incentives are misaligned, aren’t they? Like, Facebook makes more money when you consume more content. People like to engage in things that elicit an emotional response. And the more they are exposed to anger, the more they interact and the more they consume.
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