Facebook adds protections from harassment for journalists and ‘involuntary’ public figures

Facebook is changing its rules to increase protections against harassment and bullying for journalists and activists, groups the company considers to be “involuntary” public figures, its global safety chief said Wednesday in an interview with Reuters. The social media platform’s rules differentiate between how users can criticize public figures and private individuals, generally offering more protections for private individuals. For example, users may exaggerate and call for the death of a celebrity in posts on Facebook’s website, as long as they do not tag or directly mention that celebrity. But users are not allowed to call for the death of a private individual. Now, those same protections are being extended to journalists and “human rights defenders,” people who Facebook says are public figures because of …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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