Why is Facebook Tweaking its Community Standards? Find Out How It Will Provide Clarity on Satirical Content

Facebook is all set to make changes to its community standards and provide clarity on how it will treat satire on the platform. The social media platform will implement these changes upon the recommendation of its Oversight Board. 

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Facebook’s Oversight Board Steps In

The company’s Oversight Board has provided multiple recommendations to improve Facebook’s assessment of satirical content. According to the Verge, the Oversight Board believes that the social media platform was wrong to take down a user’s comment about the Turkish Government, based on a meme. 

The meme was deleted as it violated Facebook’s policy on hate speech. Facebook said, “We do not allow hate speech on Facebook, even in the context of satire, because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion, and in some cases, may promote real-world violence.”

According to the Oversight Board, Facebook has not exhibited consistency while dealing with satire. It also said that what qualifies as satire has not been communicated to users in Hate Speech Community Standards guidelines. 

Facebook said that it will add more information to its Community Standards to clear the confusion on what is considered satire and what is not. Besides, the company’s blog also said that the new changes will enable teams to consider satire while they are evaluating potential Hate Speech violation cases. 

The new guidelines will be released by the end of this year. 

Satire Framework

Facebook is also working on creating a new satire framework, which will help regional teams improve their assessment of satirical content. The company is currently brainstorming on how they can apply for this review at scale. 

Apart from satire, Facebook is also expected to begin a review of “identical content with parallel content” 

More about Facebook

Facebook is an American multinational technology company that has a customer base of over 3 billion users worldwide. The company is headquartered in California, United States, and primarily focuses on creating technologies that enable people to connect with family, friends, and communities. 

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