Facebook now considers activists and journalists to be “voluntary” celebrities, and therefore increases security from these groups’ targeted harassment and harassment, its global security chief said in an interview this week. The social media company, which allows people to critique public figures more than individuals, is changing its approach to harassing journalists and “human rights defenders”, saying they are more in front of the public because of their work than the public. Personalities.
Last week in the U.S. Senate, Facebook, which is the subject of a lawsuit, has been under extensive scrutiny from global lawmakers and regulators over its content modification policies and damage to its platforms.
With about 2.8 billion active monthly users, Facebook’s treatment of the general public and the content published by those statistics has been hotly debated. In recent weeks, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the company’s “cross-checking” system has had the effect of exempting top users from the usual Facebook rules.
The protections provided in the Facebook Online Discussion also distinguish between public and private individuals: for example, users are allowed to call for the death of a public figure during a forum discussion unless tagged or mentioned. Famous. Under Facebook policies, they cannot call for the death of a private individual or now a journalist.
The company declined to share a list of other volunteer celebrities, but said it would assess them on a case-by-case basis. Earlier this year, Facebook said it would remove content that commemorated, praised or ridiculed George Floyd’s death.
Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global security, said:
Facebook no longer allows comments on the public’s profile, such as intense and unwanted sexual content, defamatory pornographic images or pictures, or negative negative attacks on a person’s appearance.
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