Tech Talk: Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures – Gulf Digital News

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  • Date: 14-Oct-2021
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Tech Talk: Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures – Gulf Digital News

Facebook will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week.

The social media company, which allows more critical commentary of public figures than of private individuals, is changing its approach on the harassment of journalists and “human rights defenders,” who it says are in the public eye due to their work rather than their public personas.

Facebook is under wide-ranging scrutiny from global legislators and regulators over its content moderation practices and harms linked to its platforms, with internal documents leaked by a whistleblower forming the basis for a US Senate hearing last week.

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