Facebook says it will start removing posts that may lead to violence

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 20/07/2018 20:48

Facebook will start removing misleading and inflammatory posts that may trigger violent attacks, the social network said Wednesday, as it faces criticism over its response to sectarian conflict in countries such as Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Facebook said that a new policy will cover misinformation shared on the platform to instigate or amplify violence. The policy applies to written posts and manipulated images. Civil-society groups and threat-intelligence agencies are among the partners that Facebook said will help the company flag incendiary posts and review their potential impact. Facebook said that its local and international partners must verify if the information they share is false and show that the material could contribute to imminent violence. Once the threat is confirmed, Facebook said it will remove the content and take down similar posts.

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Facebook, facing growing criticism for posts that have incited violence in some countries, said Wednesday that it would begin removing misinformation that could lead to people being physically harmed.

The policy expands Facebook’s rules about what type of false information it will remove, and is largely a response to episodes in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India in which rumors that spread on Facebook led to real-world attacks on ethnic minorities.

Facebook to start removing misleading posts that incite violence
Facebook said on Wednesday that it will be introducing new policy changes meant to reduce misinformation on its platform that leads to violence, amid growing concerns over the impact of the platform in countries already riven by conflict.

“There are certain forms of misinformation that have contributed to physical harm, and we are making a policy change which will enable us to take that type of content down,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “We will begin implementing the policy during the coming months.”

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