The Guardian published documents that it received describing Facebook’s content filtering policy. Over the past few years, the social network has undergone much criticism for its admissive policy and the violent content posted.
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Yesterday (Sunday), the Guardian revealed documents that it received describing Facebook’s rules and guidelines that will determine which posts will be permitted on the social network. The information, which was published for the first time, reveals that Facebook allows users to post content that includes violence, self-harm and threats.
The Guardian received more than 100 of the company’s documents including tables and flowcharts, which granted unprecedented access to the internal regulations that affect more than 2 million users’ posts. Over the past few years, the social network has undergone serious criticism in Europe, the US and even in Israel for its leniency towards content containing violence and incitement.
According to the documents, calling for violence against a political leader or any other specific threat is prohibited. However, posts containing violence and those that provide “tips” regarding the most effective way to carry out violent acts are permitted, as they do not present a threat to any specific person.