As part of the company’s new anti-harassment policy update, social media giant Facebook plans to start removing “sexualized attacks” against celebrities from its platform. A Facebook executive explained the company’s reasoning, “We made these changes because attacks like these can turn a public figure’s appearance into a weapon, which is unnecessary and often unrelated. work represented by these public figures.
Variety reports that Facebook has said it will begin to remove “serious sexual content” targeting public figures such as celebrities, politicians, creators and those who Facebook says have become “unintentionally” famous, as part of an update of the company’s anti-harassment policy. Politics.
The policy will apply to both Facebook and Instagram. Facebook said it is already removing a number of types of attacks against public figures, but the new rules mean the company will specifically remove content of a serious sexual nature; derogatory and sexualized photoshoped images and drawings, Facebook pages, groups or events dedicated to the sexualization of a public figure; and attacks through “negative physical descriptions” linked to a public figure’s narrative.
Facebook also plans to remove unwanted sexualized comments. Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of security, said in a blog post this week: “We made these changes because attacks like these can turn a public figure’s appearance into a weapon, which is unnecessary and often unrelated to the work these public figures represent.
Facebook plans to provide additional protections to those who become “unintentional” public figures, such as journalists or human rights defenders. Davis wrote in the blog that becoming a public figure “isn’t always a choice, and that fame can increase the risk of bullying and harassment, especially if the person comes from an under-represented community, including including women, people of color or LGBTQ people. community.”
Davis added, “It’s important that everyone on our apps feel safe to engage and connect with their communities. We don’t allow bullying and harassment on our platform, but when it happens, we take action. “
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