Facebook to Review Content Policies Following Employee Backlash

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INTRO: After Following multiple employee walkouts from Facebook for not taking any action against US President Donald Trump’s controversial posts that glorifies and brings violence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now published a statement saying the company would review its policies.

In a note that was shared with employees, Zuckerberg mentions how a lot of people expressed that the company should have labeled the President’s posts. According to him, Facebook did not take that approach because according to the current policies, the “right mitigation is to take that content [inciting violence] down — not let people continue seeing it behind a flag.”

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As per the note by the company, Facebook will have to “review” three policies. The policies in questions are as mentioned below:

  • policies that are allowing discussion and threats of state use of force
  • policies around voter suppression
  • potential options for handling violating or partially-violating content aside from the binary leave-it-up or take-it-down decisions

Although the CEO of Facebook, Zuckerberg thinks the current policies are “principled and reasonable”, it also appears that the company is open to alternatives. As part of these efforts, he says he has started meeting with the team to hear all plausible ideas.

However, he also points out how revisions may increase content moderation in the platform. He added “In general, I worry that this approach has a risk of leading us to editorialize all on the content we don’t like even if it doesn’t violate our policies, so I think we need to proceed very carefully,” he added.

Now Going forward, Facebook aims to establish a “clearer and more transparent decision-making process”. The company will also review any required structural changes to “make sure that  the right groups and voices that are at the table.

 

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