Facebook to Review Content Policies Related to Civil Unrest, Violence
By Kimberly Chin
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that
the company will review existing policies on how it handles content
related to civil unrest or violence, as the company faces criticism
over its decision to not moderate or take down some posts.
Facebook said it will review its policies on content concerning
threats of state use of force as well as content in countries with
civil unrest or violent conflicts. While the company has some
policies in place that call for greater restrictions during
emergencies and countries undergoing conflict, "there may be
additional policies or integrity measures to consider around
discussion or threats of state use of force when a country is in
this state," Mr. Zuckerberg said.
Mr. Zuckerberg's memo to employees -- which was also posted
publicly on Facebook -- comes after the company's employees staged
a virtual walkout Monday over the CEO's decision to leave up a post
from President Trump about the recent social unrest. Critics say
the president's post violated Facebook's rules about inciting
More than a dozen employees have spoken out on Twitter Inc.
against Mr. Zuckerberg's decision to keep up the president's post,
which called demonstrators thugs and warned: "When the looting
starts, the shooting starts."
Facebook said it refrains from fact-checking or removing
politicians' posts on the platform but will take down posts that
glorify violence and spread voter misinformation. Mr. Zuckerberg
said Friday he believes the policy is principled and reasonable,
but he also respects that people may believe there are better
Facebook will review potential options for dealing with
violations or partial violations of its content policy "aside from
the binary leave-it-up or take-it-down decisions," he said.
The company will also work on products that advance racial
justice, he said, and has named Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook
app, to take charge of the project.
Facebook also pledged to build a voter hub to provide users with
"access to accurate and authoritative information about voting," as
well as develop tools that encourage voter registration and help
users encourage their friends and communities to vote, he said.
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June 05, 2020 21:57 ET (01:57 GMT)
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