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Facebook wants to eliminate the misinformation that leads to violence

Posted By: driss el amrani - July 19, 2018

Facebook will remove the misinformation of posts that could lead to the violence of its platform


Facebook wants to eliminate the misinformation that leads to violence
Facebook wants to eliminate the misinformation that leads to violence
It seems like social media giant Facebook is getting serious about combating misinformation, especially the type that would lead to violence. According to a statement issued by the company, Facebook is making changes in its policy to take posts that would include "some forms of misinformation", which can contribute to physical damage. "The company added that it will begin the implementation of the policy in practice "in the coming months." According to a report published by The New York Times, it is likely that this policy change is the result of violent incidents in India, Sri Lanka and in Myanmar.

To summarize, a number of violent incidents have been reported in recent months as rumors about ethnic minorities spread through Facebook. Tessa Lyon, a product manager for Facebook added in a statement, "We have determined that there is a type of misinformation that is shared in some countries that can not create underlying tensions and lead to physical damage out of connection. " She added, "We have a broader responsibility to not just reduce that type of content but remove it." The report notes that these changes will apply to Instagram, but they do not result in any changes for WhatsApp.

This decision comes hours after Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg said the company is trying to differentiate offending speech that is present on the platform while taking up Recode. He has tried to point out that misinformation and defamatory remarks are not mutually exclusive and how Facebook is trying its best to ensure that it does not limit freedom of expression and the rights of its users to more complicated things.

The report added that the company will "create partnerships with civil society groups" that will help the platform in identifying the misinformation of the company to remove it. Facebook has already applied the rules of Sri Lanka and it is with the hope of presenting them soon in Myanmar before spreading to other countries. These rules also apply manipulated images in addition to text messages.



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