Facebook changes rules and will identify “false news”

Administrators can see which posts will be covered by the rule.
25/01/2019 09h53 - Updated 25/01/2019 09h53
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Facebook announced changes in the rules for pages within the platform. A principal delas é a identificação de publicações consideradas “notícias falsas” e que, For this reason, have reduced distribution. Administrators of the page may see what messages have been framed in this category. Also have access to other content removed for violating the company's internal rules (the Community Parameters).

pages administrators will have access to a so-called "tab" "Quality Home". it, posts evaluated as "false" will be listed, "Mixed" or "false title", as categories defined by the company. A classificação é feita por agências de checagem de fatos parceiras (know the analysis rules here). So far, when a publication was marked in this way there was no signage or the author nor the pages administrators. Or author, However, follow without being notified.

Reducing range of content considered “false news” It has been adopted by the social network, without removing the posts but creating obstacles to its spread. "We hope this will provide people with the necessary information to police misbehavior administrators of the same page, better understand our Community Standards and, in some cases, let us believe when we make a wrong decision on a particular content ", the company said in a statement. No Brasil, o Facebook estabeleceu parceria com entidades de checagem de fatos, as the Agency Lupa, aos Fatos e France Press para verificar circulação de notícias falsas durante as eleições de 2018.

removed content

In addition to the publications classified as "false news", pages administrators can also view the contents removed for not respecting the internal rules, the so-called community parameters. Enter there messages classified as "hate speech", "violence", "Explicit content", "harassment", “bullying”, "Controlled goods", "Adult nudity", "Sexual activity" and "support or glorification of individuals not allowed on Facebook".

Posts indicated within these categories were already removed, but without explanation. Thereby, the administrator can view the banned publications. According to the Facebook ad, the administrator also happens to be able to challenge a removal. Some types of tipping will not be informed in this process, as "spam", "One-click-posts" or "intellectual property violations".


Another measure has been announced the strictest inspection authors removed pages. The platform has prevented the creation of an area of ​​this kind like a shot down for violating internal rules. But, according to the company, were identified "persons working to circumvent our policy, using existing pages they already gerenciavam for the same purpose that the page removed for violating our policies ".

In response to this, Facebook may remove other pages page authors removed even those that have not incurred any violations. To do this, He explained the platform, It will be evaluated "a wide range of signs", as administrators or if the name is similar.

"Timid" measure

In evaluating master of law and researcher at the Institute Beta Paulo Rena, the measures announced signal for greater transparency in the removal of content, but they are still "shy" and may "not make much difference".

"There seems to be no more indicative of permeability Facebook to listen to the community. This can keep the situation of inertia before false positives, when legitimate contents are removed without any real possibility of reaction by the persons concerned; or when offensive content, especially related to hate speech, They are kept online despite protests in the network itself ".

Already the lawyer and member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee in Brazil Flavia Lefévre argues that despite the new rules, there remains the problem of Community parameters be opaque. She cites cases, as situations that she herself lived, where users have removed content and even after questioning Facebook does not explain the reason for the removal or reverses the situation.

"The removal of content happens on the basis of criteria such Community Standards, that are not clear. This practice is configured as arbitrary at high risk for freedom of expression. This practice should be anchored on clear criteria and related to Brazilian laws and in accordance with the case law ", defends attorney.

Source: Agency Brazil

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