The most popular social networking site has said that Facebook will now consider social workers and journalists as “self-proclaimed” public figures, raising concerns against harassment and bullying.

The social media company, which allows public figures to make more critical comments than private individuals, has reported its harassment of journalists and ‘human rights defenders, according to Reuters. Is changing attitudes that, according to the company, are in the public eye because of their work rather than their public role.

Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global safety chief, said in an interview that the company was also stepping up the types of attacks it would not allow on public figures on its sites.

Strict measures will be taken as part of an effort to reduce disproportionate attacks by women and the LGBTQ community, she added.

Facebook will no longer allow direct and negative attacks on obscene and sexually explicit material, abusive sex photoshopped images or drawings, or a person’s appearance, as negative comments on a public figure’s profile will not be allowed.

It is believed that Facebook is facing extensive scrutiny from global legislators and regulators for its content moderation practices and the damages associated with its platform, while internal documents leaked by Whistleblower Weeks became the basis for the US Senate hearing.

How Facebook, which has about 2.8 billion monthly active users, treats public figures and content posted on or by them has become a topic of discussion.

In recent weeks, the company’s ‘cross check’ system, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, has had the effect of exempting some high-profile users from Facebook’s usual rules.

Facebook also differs in the reservations it makes during online discussions between public figures and private individuals, for example, users are generally allowed to demand the death of a celebrity in a forum discussion. , Unless they are tagged or mentioned directly.

However, according to Facebook’s policies, they cannot demand the death of a celebrity, a private individual, or a journalist.

The company declined to share a list of other unintentional public figures but said they were assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Earlier this year, Facebook said it would remove content celebrating, praising, or making fun of George Floyd’s death because he was considered a public figure.


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