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[Updated 7/9/19] Facebook updates standards to allow death threats against alleged sexual offenders

[Updated by ACSOL 7/9/19]

Earlier today it was reported by the Washington Examiner newspaper that Facebook had revised its posting policies to allow individuals to post threats of harm to anyone who the media had identified as committing a sex offense.  In record time, Facebook has reversed those policies and now states that it will not allow such threats to be posted. Below is link to the newest revised policies. Facebook did not explain why it made this remarkably quick change, but regardless we can be grateful that the change has been made.

https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/credible_violence/

 

THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

[washingtonexaminer.com – 7/9/19]

Facebook updated its community standards to allow for users to call for “high-severity violence” against sexual offenders, including death threats.

In its ” Do not post” section on its website, Facebook changed its standards in a July update to allow an exception to its “Violence and Incitement” standard for individuals “described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses, wherein criminal/predator status has been established by media reports, market knowledge of news event, etc.”

The exception allows users to make: “Threats that could lead to death” against alleged violent and sexual offenders. Facebook does not require for the threats to be against persons who have been convicted under criminal law.

Facebook did not return the Washington Examiner’s request for comment at the time of publication. In May, the company said: “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology.”

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Facebook community standards text

 

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  1. Eric

    Just one more nail in the coffin of Fascistbook. They have made one poor decision after another, banning conservatives, attempting to influence the election, spying on users, sharing personal information. The CEO of Apple just said he would nevr have FB on his phone because he thinks they could be listening to people. so I see the demise of FB within the next couple of years. It is the Frankenstein monster. Zuckerberg had a great idea, but now it is going o consume him.

    • CR

      FB has no significant competition (other than Instagram that it also owns) in the niche that it serves. The next largest competitors are Snapchat and LinkedIn. I really don’t see the demise of FB in the foreseeable future.

    • Facts should matter

      Not to mention Zucker started out objectifying and humiliating female students (asking the public to “rate” them based on their physical features) on the school website when he was an undergrad at Harvard. Yet he has the nerve to ban us!?

      That was just a “trial run” to see what he could get away with in regards to intrusion and exploiting privacy.

  2. Matthew

    We will see what happens when they start coming in. Just because they allow it doesn’t mean it is legal 😉

  3. CR

    It appears that the most recent update to the FB “Violence and Incitement” community standard removed all of the numerous inclusions of the following language:

    “… (unless the target is an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, or is described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses, wherein criminal/predator status has been established by media reports, market knowledge of news event, etc.)”

    The current version of the policy does not contain that language:

    https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/credible_violence/

    • Janice Bellucci

      Thank you, CR, for the update! It’s truly amazing that Facebook corrected its language so quickly. No need for a lawsuit or even letters of opposition.

      • CR

        My pleasure. Thank you for providing this forum where we can learn of the important events that affect us, and comment on them.

    • SR

      Looks like they backtracked on that as that statement has now been stricken (it’s still there, but red lined). I’m not surprised they removed this as it seems terrible for them to host the hate and then specifically say it’s fine as long as it’s against these people. I imagine that would open them up to all sort of litigation if someone was hurt because FB specifically deemed it’s okay for people to use their platform to conduct such actions. I imagine it would be like a baseball stadium saying all violence and harassment will not be tolerated unless it’s against [insert X group of people].

      https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/recentupdates/all_updates/

    • pgm

      I just read the Violence and Incitement standard and it appears to protect “SOs” against violence. Am I reading this incorrectly?

      • CR

        Follow the link posted under ‘Related links:’ in the article at the top of the page and you will see the language I quoted above your post was added in July, and then stricken out in the most recent update. That update to remove the offensive language was done today.

  4. SR

    I’m guessing someone at FB went rogue and wrote that policy in. Trying to wave their political flag. It’s now been red lined.

    • CR

      Or it’s a private internal policy that wasn’t meant to be publicized.

  5. AJ

    I wonder how this can play to our favor. No longer is FB only preventing RCs from engaging in the modern day public square, now it’s allowing for the torches-and-pitchforks crowd to coalesce and go vigilante. I’m sure it’s merely one more collateral consequence of conviction, right SCOTUS?

    • SR @ AJ

      They already removed it. See my link above to their TOS.

      I’m guessing this wasn’t sanctioned by FB. I can only imagine the kind litigation they’d face if someone was actually hurt because of something that occurred on FB and their policy actually supported this kind of action.

    • CR

      Hopefully the policy updates are well enough documented that FB won’t be able to erase them from their site and later claim that they never made them.

  6. Tim

    Dear Facebook,
    Are you a social media enterprise OR an antisocial
    enterprise? I can not tell.

  7. Mike

    Well one thing is for sure is because of what is written there in the rules that if someone does cause harm or death facebook will be held accountable for it, it works the same as because of your actions they indirectly cause someone bodily harm or death so will they be charged accordingly.

  8. G4Change

    Facebook is not social media; they are Sociopathic Media.

    • Tim

      Facebook must have at least some sociopathic persons on it’s platform. Time will tell. I know it will not be me they identify as such.

    • SM

      Pretty fast edit on that edit, FB. I think the only way FB would be shut down would have to do with huge amounts of people leaving FB, Sponsors leave, and or the gov’t will do it.

  9. ocguy

    Oh good! Facebook changed their policy. So no more calls to violence and death allowed. Not so fast, perhaps….

    https://www.facebook.com/ktla5/posts/jose-cervantes-zamora-46-of-buena-park-was-booked-on-suspicion-of-attempted-unla/10157769434109614/

    Not only are many, if not most comments calls to murder, physical / sexual assault or crude / invasive medical procedures, many of those appear in the “Most relevant comments” as selected by Facebook. Nice. And just for perspective – this guy is accused of having a conversation with a 16 or 17 year old.

    It may be worth mentioning that the comments on the LHPD Facebook page are more civilized. However, as someone here has questioned recently – how can a public, tax payer funded agency utilize a communication vehicle that excludes close to one million citizens and tax payers?

    https://www.facebook.com/LaHabraPolice/

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