Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

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On Tuesday, a similar thread was evident in Facebook's release of the document that outlines its community standards. Previously, users could only appeal the removal of accounts, Groups and Pages.

Similarly, Facebook says that anything you post is still your own and is not owned by the company. There'll be a link to request a review, which will be carried out by a person, and "typically within 24 hours", Facebook promises. The company has faced backlash in the past over how hard it is to get in touch with Facebook to explain to them that a takedown was perhaps a little harsh. As you would expect, topics covered include bullying, violent threats, self-harm, and nudity, among others. The rules will be translated into 40 languages for the public.

It's all part of Facebook's attempt to better control - and do so more transparently - what's going on across the site, particularly in the wake of controversies around its involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election. The company said it will "remove content that purposefully targets private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them". We base our policies on input from our community and from experts in fields such as technology and public safety. Four bullet-pointed paragraphs make the points that Facebook is removing more content; that it finds the vast majority of this content itself; that it takes down newly-uploaded content quickly; and that old content is removed with the same vigour as new. For example, Facebook does not allow violence committed against a human or animal that includes captions with "enjoyment of suffering" or "remarks that speak positively of violence". "Things like where is the line on hate speech?". After pressure from governments to recognize its vast power over the spread of terrorist propaganda, Facebook started about a year ago to take more direct responsibility.

Facebook has recently been grappling with backlash for how it handled the data breach scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

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Illustrative: A Gazan man looking at a pro-Palestinian post on Facebook on April 7, 2013. A New York Times report from earlier this week described real-world attacks in Indonesia, India, and Mexico provoked by hate speech and fake news that spread through News Feeds.

Despite the fact that Facebook is the largest social network in the world, it often operates as a almost opaque box.

Despite his status as one of the world's richest and most powerful people, Zuckerberg leaned into Facebook's humble origins, continuing a strategy he had floated during press interviews preceding the trial, including one with Recode's Kara Swisher, in which he explained his disinclination to play censor to Facebook's 2.2 billion users. The Community Operations team, which reviews the reports, works 24/7 in over 40 languages. It conducts weekly audits to review its decisions but recognizes mistakes are inevitable.

The policy is an evolving document, and Bickert said updates go out to the content reviewers every week. But we know there will always be people who will try to post abusive content or engage in abusive behavior. Monika Bickert and Brian Fishman of Facebook published a blog post on how the social media platform's anti-terrorism methods work and how it prevents sensitive content from being displayed on the website. "This is not a self-congratulatory exercise". First, to help people understand where the social network draws the line on nuanced issues. We believe giving people a voice in the process is another essential component of building a fair system.

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