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Inauthentic Posts To Be Limited By Facebook

In a move that could help limit the virality of harmful content on its platform, Facebook has said that it can limit expression that lacks authenticity

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

In a move that could help limit the virality of harmful content on its platform, Facebook has said that it can limit expression that lacks authenticity.

“We want to make sure the content people are seeing on Facebook is authentic. We believe that authenticity creates a better environment for sharing, and that’s why we don’t want people using Facebook to misrepresent who they are or what they’re doing,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Vice President, Global Policy Management, said on Thursday.

Updating its Community Standards, Facebook said that besides authenticity, it focuses on upholding three other values while limiting expressions – safety, dignity and privacy.

“A commitment to expression is paramount, but we recognise the Internet creates new and increased opportunities for abuse,” Bickert said.

Facebook said that it was committed to making the platform a safe place.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

“Expression that threatens people has the potential to intimidate, exclude or silence others and is not allowed on Facebook,” Bickert said.

The social media giant said it was also committed to protecting personal privacy and information and believes that all people are equal in dignity and rights.

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“In some cases, we allow content which would otherwise go against our Community Standards – if it is newsworthy and in the public interest,” Bickert pointed out.

“We do this only after weighing the public interest value against the risk of harm, and we look to international human rights standards to make these judgments,” she added. (IANS)

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New “Off-Facebook Activity” Tool On Facebook To Let Users Protect Browsing History

The social networking giant also introduced alerts for third-party logins

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Over the next few weeks, Facebook will show nearly two billion people a prompt, encouraging them to review their privacy settings. Pixabay

To give over two billion users more control over their privacy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced several new features, including an ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool that will let users disconnect their identities from browsing history so Facebook won’t be able to see which websites they visit.

The ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool is now available to people on Facebook around the world.

“Other businesses send us information about your activity on their sites and we use that information to show you ads that are relevant to you. Now you can see a summary of that information and clear it from your account if you want to,” Zuckerberg said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Off-Facebook Activity marks a new level of transparency and control,” he added.

Over the next few weeks, Facebook will show nearly two billion people a prompt, encouraging them to review their privacy settings.

“The prompt will show up in your News Feed and direct you to the Privacy Checkup tool, which we recently updated,” said Zuckerberg.

“This makes it even easier to adjust who can see your posts and profile information, strengthen your account security by turning on login alerts, and review the information you share with apps you’ve logged in with Facebook.”

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To give over two billion users more control over their privacy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced several new features, including an ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool that will let users disconnect their identities from browsing history so Facebook won’t be able to see which websites they visit. Pixabay

The social networking giant also introduced alerts for third-party logins.

Facebook Login lets users sign in to other apps and services, like games and streaming platforms, using the Facebook account.

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“To help you keep track of your activity, we rolled out Login Notifications earlier this month. These notifications alert you when you use Facebook Login to sign in to third-party apps to help you stay aware of how your account is being used and edit your settings,” said Zuckerberg, adding that one of his main goals is to build much stronger privacy protections for everyone on Facebook. (IANS)