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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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Facebook Commits $130 mn to Build Global Oversight Board for Ensuring Accountability

Facebook intends to continue funding the board's operations in the future, and these reports will be used to assess the need for additional, substantive and long-term funding

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Facebook said it has established the independent Oversight Board Trust to ensure the board can safeguard its ability to make independent decisions and recommendations. Pixabay

Facebook has made an initial commitment of $130 million to build a global oversight board that will ensure good governance and accountability across its services and platforms.

The initial funding will cover operational costs such as office space, staff and travel expenses and should allow the board to operate for at least its first two full terms, approximately six years, Brent Harris, Director of Governance and Global Affairs at Facebook, said in a statement.

The board will submit a yearly budget to the trust for approval and disbursement of funds.

Annual reports from the board and trust will help to document the health and effectiveness of the board, including its stewardship of these resources.

Facebook intends to continue funding the board’s operations in the future, and these reports will be used to assess the need for additional, substantive and long-term funding.

Last November, Mark Zuckerberg wrote about his vision for what content governance should look like for Facebook.

Facebook said it has established the independent Oversight Board Trust to ensure the board can safeguard its ability to make independent decisions and recommendations.

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Facebook has made an initial commitment of $130 million to build a global oversight board that will ensure good governance and accountability across its services and platforms. Pixabay

“The board will have its own staff, independent from Facebook. To start, we expect this staff to include a director, case managers and dedicated staff members (or contracted services) who can support things such as the board’s communications, legal, human resources and research needs,” said Harris.

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In addition, said Facebook, it will continue to work with outside experts to source and review candidates for board membership, including those who’ve been recommended through the public portal, which we opened in September.

“We are eager to see the Oversight Board take shape and start hearing cases next year,” said Facebook. (IANS)