How Facebook decides what violent and explicit content is allowed
How Facebook decides what violent and explicit content is allowed
Facebook's Content Screening Guidelines Leaked
22 May, 2017, 17:42
Some moderators find difficulty with determining if a particular content violates Facebook's rules, especially since some policies are clear-cut, while some are more nuanced, requiring more effort to filter through an enormous array of reports and recognize distinctions.
Facebook is set to hire an additional 3,000 content moderators to maintain control of its content, although the social media giant has acknowledged that they have a "challenging and hard job".
Violent threats against political figures like US President Donald Trump or those in religious groups are to be removed, but less specific language, such as "let's beat up fat kids" or "kick a person with red hair", can remain on Facebook because it's not considered credible.
Facebook policies on publishing content involving sex and violence have been laid bare. Videos of animal abuse and non-sexual child abuse will stay on the site with a warning before the video, and videos of violent deaths will not necessarily be taken down.
Facebook Live, which allows people to livestream video of whatever they wish, has seen several high-profile acts of violence since it was released.
"We build technology, and we feel responsible for how it's used", Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management, told the newspaper.
The latter will be deleted because as a head of state Trump is in a protected category.
Videos showing violent deaths, which are categorized as disturbing, sometimes aren't deleted because they can help create awareness about mental illness. Basically these slides and manuals attempt to try and come up with rules and scenarios which content needs to be moderated or if it can be ignored. Animal cruelty is treated similarly; "celebrating" is not allowed, but it is otherwise acceptable to raise "awareness" of the issue. Another example of "generic" threats that Facebook would not remove was: "To snap a bitch's neck, make sure to apply all your pressure to the middle of her throat".
When it comes to the issue of self-harm, Facebook has chose to allow users to stream videos of themselves possibly committing suicide because the company "doesn't want to censor or punish people in distress who are attempting suicide".
Facebook will allow some "newsworthy exceptions" to photographic nudity as well as "hand-made" nude art, but other photos and digital art are off-limits.
Zuckerberg's free content ad network-which continues to have a very strict policy about nudity on the site-is also dodging the publisher tag for a very expensive reason: if it were to edit and curate the posts on its site, the company would suddenly be exposed to libel laws. We mark as "disturbing" videos of child abuse.
Take a look at the Guardian website for more detail, including Facebook's guidance on graphic violence.
Information and revelations from the manuals document the massive challenge Facebook and its moderators have in trying to control content uploaded from its near 2 billion users.
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