Facebook might stop censoring some newsworthy content

Social network's about-turn comes after censoring Vietnam photo

Facebook has pledged to not ban images that are newsworthy, even if they break the social network's community standards.

In a blog post,  Joel Kaplan, VP of global public policy, and Justin Osofsky, VP of global operations, said they intend to allow people to share stories that may violate Facebook's community standards, after gathering feedback from the site's community and partners.

The social network came under fire last month for censoring a famous image from the Vietnam war, in which a naked nine-year-old girl runs away from a napalm attack, leading to a Norwegian newspaper accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of "abusing [his] power".

Facebook's post read: "Whether an image is newsworthy or historically significant is highly subjective. Images of nudity or violence that are acceptable in one part of the world may be offensive - or even illegal - in another.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

"Respecting local norms and upholding global practices often come into conflict. And people often disagree about what standards should be in place to ensure a community that is both safe and open to expression."

However, Kaplan and Osofsky plan to allow users to share more items that are considered "newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest" even if they break the standards.

Further details about these slight tweaks in Facebook's community standards are likely to be revealed in future, as the social media platform is still deciding how to do this without exposing people to content they don't want to see.

Kaplan and Osofsky's post added: "As always, our goal is to channel our community's values, and to make sure our policies reflect our community's interests. We're looking forward to working closely with experts, publishers, journalists, photographers, law enforcement officials and safety advocates about how to do better when it comes to the kinds of items we allow."

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/policy-legislation/32857/irish-data-protection-commission-facebook-whatsapp-instagram-merge
Policy & legislation

Irish Data Protection Commission has questions for Facebook

29 Jan 2019
Visit/security/internet-security/354484/facebook-exec-calls-cambridge-analytica-scandal-a-non-event
internet security

Facebook exec calls Cambridge Analytica scandal a "non event"

8 Jan 2020
Visit/hardware/mobile/354392/facebook-apps-dominated-this-decades-mobile-market
Mobile

Facebook apps dominated this decade's mobile market

18 Dec 2019
Visit/digital-currency/34762/china-prepares-to-launch-the-first-domestic-cryptocurrency
digital currency

China prepares to launch the first domestic cryptocurrency

6 Nov 2019

Most Popular

Visit/policy-legislation/data-governance/354496/brexit-security-talks-under-threat-after-uk-accused-of
data governance

Brexit security talks under threat after UK accused of illegally copying Schengen data

10 Jan 2020
Visit/security/cyber-security/354468/if-not-passwords-then-what
cyber security

If not passwords then what?

8 Jan 2020
Visit/policy-legislation/31772/gdpr-and-brexit-how-will-one-affect-the-other
Policy & legislation

GDPR and Brexit: How will one affect the other?

9 Jan 2020
Visit/web-browser/30394/what-is-http-error-503-and-how-do-you-fix-it
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020