The secret rules of Facebook, Revealed
Sex, violence and terrorism: what stays and what goes
Some of Facebook’s policies to decide the fate of the publications of its 2 billion users were published by the English newspaper The Guardian. They cover topics such as violence, terrorism, expressions of hatred, pornography, racism, self-harm and even cannibalism, which are treated with very different criteria.
Lately the network received multiple criticisms, for a rape (Chicago) and a homicide (Cleveland) that were broadcast live. In addition, according to The Guardian, an explicit internal document receives up to 6.5 million complaints every week related to potential false accounts used for propagating news, also false.
“Facebook cannot control its content,” one of the employees told the newspaper.”
It has become too big a company too fast. “Monika Bickert – responsible for Facebook’s global policy – stressed how difficult it is to reach consensus on what is allowed to be posted and what is not.” We have a very diverse global community and People have very different ideas about what is acceptable to share. There is always going to be gray areas. ”
This revelation may upset those who think the network needs to do more to monitor undue content and, on the other hand, alarm the defenders of freedom of expression. Recruitment of 3,000 new moderators, a figure that adds to the already 4,000 it has around the world. Monika Bickert – responsible for global politics on Facebook – stressed how difficult it is to reach a consensus on what is allowed to post and what not. “We have a very diverse global community and people have very different ideas about what it is acceptable to share. There will always be gray areas.”
Comments like “Someone must shoot Trump” should be deleted because; being president is in a protected category. Instead, it is permissible to write “to break that hooker’s neck so be sure to press on the middle of her throat,” because it is not considered a credible threat.
The video of violent deaths do not always have to be deleted because they can raise public awareness about mental disorders, according to the criterion of social network.
Some photos about physical abuse and bullying of children are allowed. It is necessary to intervene if they have a “sadistic or festive” component.
Abuse against animals
Pictures that show this type of abuse can be shared. If they are really disturbing, they are classified as such, but they are not eliminated.
Abortion videos are allowed, but they do not include nudity.
You can post art of sexual content if it is handmade, while digital art on the same subject is not allowed.
Saying “fuck off and die” or “I’m going to kill you” is allowed, since these are generic threats and little serious. Facebook understands that people often use violent language to express their frustration. When it comes to more specific threats, action must be taken.
Messages or videos that praise terrorist organizations should be deleted, but not those in which terrorism is criticized.