Facebook to curb harmful contents

Special Correspondent

19 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Facebook to curb harmful contents

Facebook will curb the spread of harmful content coming months, like hate speech and misinformation.

Facebook has taken the major decision on Wednesday in this regard.

“It’s important to us that people can discover and engage safely with Facebook groups so that they can connect with others around shared interests and life experiences. That’s why we’ve taken action to curb the spread of harmful content, like hate speech and misinformation, and made it harder for certain groups to operate or be discovered, whether they’re Public or Private,” said Tom Alison, VP of Engineering of Facebook at a press release.

He said when a group repeatedly breaks Facebook rules, we take it down entirely.

“Today we’re sharing the latest in our ongoing work to keep Groups safe, which includes our thinking on how to keep recommendations safe as well as reducing privileges for those who break our rules.”

These changes will roll out globally over the coming months, he informed.

“We know we have a greater responsibility when we are amplifying or recommending content. As we work to make sure that potentially harmful groups aren’t recommended to people, we try to be careful not to penalize high-quality groups on similar topics.”  The tension we navigate isn’t between our business interests and removing low-quality groups — it’s about taking action on potentially harmful groups while still ensuring that community leaders can grow their groups that follow the rules and bring people value, the top executive said. 

We try to balance this carefully in our recommendations guidelines, which can be found here.

As behaviors evolve on our platform, though, we recognize we need to do more. This is why we recently removed civic and political groups, as well as newly created groups, from recommendations in the US, he also said. 

While people can still invite friends to these groups or search for them, we have now started to expand these restrictions globally. This builds on restrictions we’ve made to recommendations, like removing health groups from these surfaces, as well as groups that repeatedly share misinformation.