Facebook Publishes Rule Book to Govern Social Network Posts

In recent weeks, Facebook has been embroiled in a data management scandal. A report showed a researcher had access to personal data from over quarter of a million Facebook users. From these 270,000 members, the researcher could access 50 million friends and pass the data to Cambridge Analytica. The scandal has called into question Facebook’s privacy settings and data use.

Facebook Publishes Rule Book to Govern Social Network Posts
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Facebook gets a lot of criticism for allowing certain content to be posted on its network. While the company has tried to clamp down on hate speech and other unfavorable posts, several regulators have been unimpressed. In a further step, Facebook has today published a new rulebook for what posts it allows.

The network has provided more in-depth guidelines than ever before. Indeed, the rulebook covers more details on the permitted subject matter, content surrounding drugs, sex, bullying, and hate speech.

Until now, Facebook has used a “community standards” page that showed what could be posted. However, it has been lacking in details and only giving a general overview of rules.

The company has now published a much longer rulebook. Monika Bickert, the company’s vice president of product policy and counter-terrorism says the new page is designed to clear any confusion.

“You should, when you come to Facebook, understand where we draw these lines and what’s OK and what’s not OK,” Bickert told reporters today

Facebook has taken the brunt of government criticism for online hate speech and similar content. This has been particularly true in Europe, where the Committee on Standards in Public Life said the social giant should be prosecuted for not dealing with offensive content.

In response, the social network published its privacy principles to appease regulators. It was the first time Facebook’s privacy policies were made public.

The recent data breach also affects Filipino users.

The real question is, Are we really in control of our data online?


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