Facebook Enforces Updated Policy Against ‘Dangerous Individuals And Organizations’

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Aug 26, 2020, 06:00 EST

Bronx, United States, Aug 26, 2020, 06:00 /Comserve / -- Facebook, on Wednesday, i.e. on Aug. 19, 2020, announced in a press release that it has taken steps to expand its policy on ‘Dangerous Individuals and Organizations’.

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Washington, Aug. 21, 2020 --  Facebook, on Wednesday, i.e. on Aug. 19, 2020, announced in a press release that it has taken steps to expand its policy on ‘Dangerous Individuals and Organizations’. It also will restrict the reach of conspiracy theorists like QAnon and others who could potentially be a significant risk to public safety.

The step targets US-based organizations such as QAnon which is a shadowy group known for Portraying President Donald Trump battling pedophiles in the Democratic Party. The group has, over a period of time, expanded its presence on Facebook and are posting on the Novel Coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter movements.

According to the new policy, Facebook will remove pages that are a ground for discussions on violence without actually endorsing violent acts. Facebook would limit recommendations, block pages from appearing in searches, reduce rankings in news feeds and remove hashtags that can help people look for similar related content from groups that fail to meet the threshold for removal.

The release also mentioned that Facebook has taken actions already and removed over 790 groups, 100 pages, and 1,500 ads that can be tied to QAnon. They have also blocked more than 300 hashtags across Facebook and Instagram and imposed restrictions on more than 1,950 groups and 440 pages on Facebook and over 10,000 accounts on Instagram.

There will be strict monitoring of pages, groups, and accounts that have fallen into the restricted category. These will be subject to removal for violations of the new and updated policy.

Facebook talks about how their teams will study trends of these groups and pages in order to adapt and successfully enforce the new policy. Groups and movements like these have the potential to evolve quickly and Facebook intends to follow them closely. They will consult with outside experts so that they can continue to enforce their policies on these movements.

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