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Facebook leaked documents show types of content it allows: Guardian

Theresa May Facebook leaked documents show types of content it allows: Guardian
Johnnie Parks | 22 May, 2017, 17:37

One source told The Guardian that "Facebook can not keep control of its content". There is no question that how Facebook decides to police certain type of content will have an impact on many walks of life - from politics to music and everything in between.

Facebook is using software to intercept some graphic content before it got on the site, The Guardian said in a report on Sunday (May 21).

Facebook allows many postings to remain online to inform its 2 billion users about a number of topics that it deems to be important, including the suffering of innocent people. Over the past few years, the social network has undergone serious criticism in Europe, the United States and even in Israel for its leniency towards content containing violence and incitement.

Facebook has not commented on the authenticity of the documents seen by the newspaper. It specifies that "aspirational violence" like threatening to "beat up fat kids" is still okay, versus, say, writing "someone shoot Trump".

At its core, Facebook's internal moderation manuals have a simple goal: to espouse free speech while also avoid real-world harm.

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YouTube took the video down nearly immediately, but it took administrators two weeks to remove it from Facebook, where it received thousands of shares and comments. There have been numerous incidents recently of Facebook Live being used to stream all manner of potentially upsetting content. Facebook says, though, that should someone choose to livestream themselves self-harming, moderators will not stop the stream.

However, comments like, "To snap a b*tch's neck, make sure to apply all your pressure to the middle of her throat", or, "I hope someone kills you", can be allowed to stay on the site because they aren't viewed as credible.

According to Facebook, videos of violent deaths and animal abuse are allowed to stay up because they can start conversations among people - but when conversation descends into downright savagery, it's time to start questioning our policies again. Images of non-sexual physical abuse and bullying of children are permitted so long as they are not sadistic or celebratory.

Facebook already has around 4,500 content moderators whose sole job it is to wade through reports from users of disturbing or inappropriate content, and the company has said it plans to hire another 3,000 to help deal with the massive workload. Yet one slide is a bit perplexing because it advises moderators to ignore content depicting animal abuse when it's a photo but mark it as disturbing when it's a video.

Videos of abortions are ok as long as there's no nudity. Perhaps most interesting is Facebook's extremely variable policy on threats of death and violence. "No matter where you draw the line there are always going to be some grey areas", Ms Bickert said. "We remove imagery of child abuse if shared with sadism and celebration".

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