Facebook Gives Employees 1400 Pages On What Can Be Banned

NewsBusters | 4/29/2019 | Staff
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Facebook seems to struggle with the concept of transparency, especially when it comes to how it goes about banning and censoring content.

The mystery was somewhat illuminated when a journalist from the The Telegraph (U.K.)was allowed to sit in on a meeting of Facebook content moderators. This meeting was just one of many where Facebook employees and contractors essentially determined what should be censored and what should not be censored on the platform. “Every two weeks, representatives from its policy, research, software design and content moderation teams meet to consider proposed changes to its voluminous speech rules,” wrote The Telegraph’s Laurence Dodds on April 29.

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The guidelines were originally written as one page in 2008, but in the past ten years these rules on what can and cannot be banned have grown to 1,400 pages. For reference, the Bible printed in standard font has 1,200 pages.

None of these rules are available to the public: the book is for internal use only. 15,000 content moderators -- some employed directly by Facebook, some outsourced from other companies -- use these guidelines everyday to determine what gets taken down versus what is allowed to stay.

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