• Facebook plans independent body for content-removal appeals

    29 days ago - By Reuters

    Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday the world's largest social media service would create an independent body to review user appeals of content takedowns, saying his company should not by itself be making "so many important decisions about free expression and safety."
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  • Facebook to establish independent content appeals body

    Facebook to establish independent content appeals body

    29 days ago - By MobileSyrup

    Menlo Park social networking giant Facebook plans on establishing an independent authority to allow users to appeal content decisions. According to a November 15th, 2018 note penned by Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, the decision is a result of the CEO's belief that internal Facebook representatives shouldn't be making “so many important decisions about free expression and safety on their own.” Zuckerberg used a November 15th, 2018 phone call with reporters to explain that Facebook will run a series of pilot projects testing the independent review body in the first half of...
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  • Facebook will reduce reach of ‘sensationalist and provocative' content

    Facebook will reduce reach of ‘sensationalist and provocative' content

    29 days ago - By The Verge

    Facebook is once again tweaking how stories spread through the News Feed, this time going after posts that are “sensationalist and provocative.” The goal isn't just to cut down on clickbait, but to cut down on misinformation and problematic posts that don't quite warrant an outright ban on the site.
    In a blog post , Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes that people naturally engage more with sensationalist content. Engagement with this content, he says, increases the closer it gets to being so problematic that it has to be banned.
    “Borderline content” like offensive speech will see less...
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  • Facebook changes algorithm to demote “borderline content” that almost violates its policy

    Facebook changes algorithm to demote “borderline content” that almost violates its policy

    29 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Facebook has changed its News Feed algorithm to demote content that comes close to violating its policies prohibiting misinformation, hate speech, violence, bullying, clickbait so it's seen by fewer people even it's highly engaging. In a 5000-word letter by Mark Zuckerberg published today, he explained how a “basic incentive problem” that “when left unchecked, people will engage disproportionately with more sensationalist and provocative content. Our research suggests that no matter where we draw the lines for what is allowed, as a piece of content gets close to that line, people will...
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  • Facebook plans 'independent' committee for content moderation appeals

    29 days ago - By Engadget

    In response to the recent New York Times report, Facebook just announced that it was going to take important steps in curtailing misinformation. During a call with reporters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will create a new independent body that p...
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  • Facebook will create an independent oversight group to review content moderation appeals

    Facebook will create an independent oversight group to review content moderation appeals

    29 days ago - By The Verge

    Facebook will create an independent oversight body to adjudicate appeals on content moderation issues, the company said today. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a call with reporters that the group, which will be formed in the next year, will attempt to balance an effort to expand the right to free speech with the need to keep people safe around the world.
    “I believe independence is important for a few reasons,” Zuckerberg said in a note posted to Facebook. “First, it will prevent the concentration of too much decision-making within our teams. Second, it will create accountability and oversight...
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  • Facebook will pass off content policy appeals to a new independent oversight body

    29 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Facebook doesn't want to be the arbiter of decency when it comes to content policy decisions, similar to how it looked to third-party fact checkers rather than becoming an arbiter of truth. Today on a press call with journalists, Mark Zuckerberg announced that a new external oversight committee would be created in 2019 to handle some of Facebook's content policy decisions. The body will take appeals and make final decisions. The hope is that beyond the influence of Facebook's business imperatives or the public's skepticism about the company's internal choices, the oversight body can come...
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