Facebook after Cambridge Analytica data leak has now made content moderation guidelines available to the public in the 27 pages of detailed criteria that allow users to know what they are not supposed to post on the social media site. Some of the credible violent threats include sexual violence, promote terrorism, poaching of endangered species, selling or buying firearms, attempts to buy marijuana, prescription of drug prices for sale, self-injury posts, and sexual mistreatment of a minor, multiple homicides at different times and location, cannibalism videos, nudity, promotion of hate groups and other explicit posts. The guidelines apply to every country in which Facebook operates and the list has been translated into more than 40 languages which over the time will get updated in every language.
An international daily spoke to Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook and she said, “These are issues in the real world. The community we have using Facebook and other large social media mirrors the community we have in the real world. So we’re realistic about that. The vast majority of people who come to Facebook come for very good reasons. But we know there will always be people who will try to post abusive content or engage in abusive behaviour. This is our way of saying these things are not tolerated. Report them to us, and we’ll remove them.”
Facebook had earlier banned most of the explicit actions on community standard page which sketched out company’s standard in broad strokes. Facebook also uses software which is a combination of the human reviewers and artificial intelligence to get rid of content that violates its policies.
The company has said the guidelines will double its 10,000-person safety and security team by the end of this year. The social media site will review its viewers within 24 hours.
Previously, Facebook was also blamed for spreading hatred of the Rohingya minority. Facebook was also forced to shut down its services in Sri Lanka after seditious messages posted to the service provoked mob violence against the country’s Muslim minority.