Following a advice from its Oversight Board, Fb says it would replace its group requirements to be clearer about the way it handles satirical content material, the corporate mentioned in a blog post.
“We’ll add data to the Neighborhood Requirements that makes it clear the place we contemplate satire as a part of our evaluation of context-specific choices,” in keeping with the put up. “This alteration will enable groups to contemplate satire when assessing potential Hate Speech violations.”
The replace comes after the Oversight Board determined that Fb was fallacious to take away a person’s remark with a reference to the Turkish authorities, based mostly on the two buttons meme. The Oversight Board described it:
This meme featured the identical split-screen cartoon from the unique meme, however with the cartoon character’s face substituted for a Turkish flag. The cartoon character has their proper hand on their head and seems to be sweating. Above the cartoon character, within the different half of the split-screen, there are two pink buttons with corresponding labels, in English: “The Armenian Genocide is a lie” and “The Armenians had been terrorists who deserved it.” The meme was preceded and adopted by “considering face” emoji.
Fb eliminated the put up, citing its Cruel and Insensitive Community Standard, which says it would take away posts that focus on “victims of great bodily or emotional hurt,” which incorporates using memes and gifs. Fb later reclassified the elimination so it fell underneath its Hate Speech Community Standard.
The Oversight Board identified in its advice that whereas Fb has mentioned it would make exceptions for satire, it doesn’t specify how or what qualifies as satire in its tips. Fb mentioned in its put up that along with making its tips round satire clearer, it will “provoke a evaluate of similar content material with parallel context,” and will take additional motion.
This marks the most recent occasion of Fb following the steerage of its fledgling Oversight Board. Earlier this month, Fb mentioned would end its so-called “newsworthiness” policy, which allowed politicians to skirt a lot of its content material guidelines. Going ahead the corporate “is not going to deal with content material posted by politicians any in a different way from content material posted by anybody else,” Fb’s Nick Clegg mentioned in a blog post.