Facebook leaked documents show types of content it allows: Guardian

Facebook leaked documents show types of content it allows: Guardian

According to Facebook, "people use violent language to express frustration online" and they should feel "safe to do so" on Facebook.

A leaked Facebook documents states that violent threats are "most often not credible", until specific statements make it clear that the threat is "no longer simply an expression of emotion but a transition to a plot or design". Moderators are reportedly overwhelmed by the volume of work. The company still has employees to find these cases, but the sheer amount of content is overwhelming.

With nearly one third of the world's population using Facebook regularly, the decisions the company makes about what people can and cannot see are hugely influential - and that could be a problem.

One document seen by the Guardian reveals that in a single week, Facebook deals with 6.5m reports a week relating to potentially fake accounts.

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.

Leaked Facebook Inc documents show how the social media company moderates issues such as hate speech, terrorism, pornography and self-harm on its platform, the Guardian reported, citing internal guidelines seen by the newspaper. To that end, it hired 3000 moderators to review reports from users about disturbing content.

On suicide and self-harm: Livestreams of suicides and self-harm are allowed.

Videos of violent death, while marked as disturbing, are also generally allowed, on the basis that they create "awareness" of issues such as mental illness.

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Facebook will permit videos of abortion, providing there is no on-screen nudity, while live-streaming of self-harm is also allowed.

However, moderators are told the content should be deleted after "there is no longer an opportunity to help the person" and minimise the risk of encouraging copycat behaviour, unless they are considered particularly newsworthy, such as footage of 9/11 which shows people leaping from the Twin Towers. When it comes to child abuse, some pictures of bullying and non-sexual physical abuse of children do not have to be deleted or "actioned", unless it has a celebratory or sadistic element. Take for instance videos that depict animal abuse are allowed as those are believed to raise awareness.

Due to a spate of livestreamed suicides and violence, Facebook has been under attack because of how it moderates - or doesn't moderate - its content. Hand-drawn depictions of sex and nudity is allowed, but digitally rendered artwork is not.

Revenge porn violates the social network's abuse standards and will be removed from the site.

The documents shed extra light on Facebook's policy towards live videos of suicide.

Comments such as "someone shoot Trump" should be taken down as he is a head of state.

For instance, the company has determined that posts that say someone should shoot President Donald Trump should be deleted, while remarks like "To snap a bitch's neck, make sure to apply all your pressure to the middle of her throat", can remain on the site, according to the Guardian.

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