Beacon Transcript – Facebook has decided to allow more graphic posts if the respective posts are deemed newsworthy and relevant in terms of worldwide information.
Up to the present, the social media giant has withheld very strong policies in regards to what the ads and posts allowed on the website and app can broadcast. As such, graphic displays of nudity, violence of any type, and other such news stories were banned or taken down.
The Facebook VP for global policy, Joel Kaplan, explained that the company’s strict global policy in regards to these stories is meant to protect minors or any other unsuitable or unwilling audiences from being subjected to this type of imagery.
However, this policy turned out to be a double-edged sword as the company started receiving backlashes and media criticism after it took down some controversial pieces, including a cancer awareness ad or the “Napalm Girl”.
The two were amongst the company’s most contested censorships. The “Napalm Girl” accompanied a news piece which targeted world history as it included a nude child suffering from the effects of the Vietnam War, and was restored after media criticism.
Just a night ago, Facebook took down a Swedish video which was meant to raise awareness to breast cancer. The video sought to teach women how to recognize and detect the early signs of the disease but featured animated women’s breasts. The company was quick to re-allow the campaign and has also apologized for the censorship.
The company vice presidents, Justin Osofsky and Joel Kaplan, have since announced that although they may violate their viewer standards and policy, it will start allowing more graphic articles and videos if they are deemed of public interest.
The “newsworthy” status of the information pieces will be based on the public, as they will decide if an ad or video is significant, or holds important editorial or historical and cultural information.
Facebook, which has become quite a platform for media and news sharing, stated that it will start modifying and recalculating its standards as to what posts are indeed newsworthy and should be allowed on the website even if they contain data they perceive as quite unsuitable for the large public.
The social network’s partners and also its community will be helping towards the new objective, but it is as yet unclear how they will manage to adjust the policy in order to allow more newsworthy articles whilst also keeping at bay the potentially disturbing or hate or violent posts.
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