Facebook to remove bogus posts that can spark violence: Reports

The policy will be implemented in the coming months. Inaccurate or misleading content, including doctored photos, to be removed

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jul 19, 2018 2:46 PM Updated: Jul 19, 2018 2:46 PM

Facebook has acted to prevent its platform from being used for spreading dangerous misinformation. The social media giant has said that it will remove bogus posts that can lead to violence, according to media reports.

“There are certain forms of misinformation that have contributed to physical harm, and we are making a policy change which will enable us to take that type of content down,” reports quoted a Facebook spokesman as saying after a briefing on the policy at the company’s campus in Silicon Valley.

“We will begin implementing the policy during the coming months,” the spokesman reportedly added.

Under the new policy, Facebook may remove inaccurate or misleading content, including doctored photos, created or shared to spark violence. It will also remove content which are not explicitly violent but can encourage such behaviour. The social media giant will seek the help of local organizations in identifying posts that can lead to violence.

The policy has been reportedly tested in Sri Lanka which was recently rocked by inter-religious violence.

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