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"Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook"

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Facebook has over 217 million monthly active users in India and 212 million of them are active on smartphones. Pixabay
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Facebook has admitted that a survey asking users whether it should allow an adult man to ask a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a “mistake”.

The social network ran a survey for some users on Sunday asking how they thought the company should handle grooming behavior, the Guardian reported on Monday.

The questions appeared on some users’ home feeds.

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Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay

“In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures,” posed one of the survey questions.

The responses available to users included: “This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it”; “This content should be allowed on Facebook but I don’t want to see it”; “This content should not be allowed on Facebook and no one should be able to see it” and “I have no preference on this topic”.

A second question asked who should decide the rules around whether or not the adult man should be allowed to ask for such pictures on Facebook.

Responses available included “Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook” and “Facebook decides the rules on its own”.

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Facebook is coming up with a method to prevent revenge porn if you send your own nudes to yourself. Pixabay

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In neither survey question did Facebook allow users to indicate that law enforcement or child protection should be involved in the situation, the Guardian report said.

Facebook’s Vice President of Product, Guy Rosen, admitted the surveys was “a mistake”.

“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” Rosen was quoted as saying.

“But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on Facebook. We regularly work with authorities if identified. It shouldn’t have been part of this survey. That was a mistake,” he said. (IANS)

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Facebook To Block Defensive Ads Targeting Under Adults

The company said that in the weeks ahead it will work with businesses and organisations that may be affected by the new age restriction policy

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Facebook has updated its advertising policy to prohibit ads for weapon accessories to users under the age of 18, the media reported.

The social network currently bans ads for the sale of weapons and modifications, like magazines. But Facebook has taken an additional step of adding an age requirement for ads selling things like holsters, belt accessories or mounted flashlights, CNET reported on Friday.

Facebook updated its advertising policy page with examples of what kinds of firearm ads are and aren't allowed on the platform under the changed policy, which will come into effect from June 21.
Facebook has updated its advertising policy to prohibit ads for weapon accessories to users under the age of 18, Pixabay

Facebook updated its advertising policy page with examples of what kinds of firearm ads are and aren’t allowed on the platform under the changed policy, which will come into effect from June 21.

For example, ads for gun cases, slings and gun paint are allowed, but only with the new age restriction. But ads for firearms, ammunition, paintball guns or BB guns aren’t allowed.

The company said that in the weeks ahead it will work with businesses and organisations that may be affected by the new age restriction policy.

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The announcement comes as the US has been embroiled in a nationwide debate over gun reform. Mass shootings, including school attacks in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, have intensified the discussion.

Facebook isn’t the only Silicon Valley company that’s waded into the gun debate by restricting the content on its platforms.

In March, YouTube said it will ban videos that promote or link to websites that sell firearms and related accessories. The company had already banned videos that attempted to sell firearms. (IANS)