New Facebook policies to protect public figures against hate content

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October 14, 2021, 4:02 PM UTC

Facebook has announced a trio of new policies to protect public figures from harassment, sexualised attacks and other harmful content.

Even though content posted on its platform may on its own not violate the company policies, if the content is part of trolling campaigns aimed at individuals, Facebook will take it down. This policy is mainly targeted at attacks causing public figures reputational harm and major mental health impacts.

Similarly, the platform will also censor sexualising content, profiles, pages, groups, or events dedicated to sexualising a public figure. These include derogatory posts, photoshopped images and negative physical descriptions.

The third policy aims to protect individuals like journalists and human rights defenders who may have come into the public eye due to their work. Such individuals will also be protected against harmful content.

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