A month after the fresh-faced Facebook Oversight Board published 17 recommendations for how the platform could improve its content moderation, Facebook has responded with a resounding “OK, but it depends.”
One of the more significant changes Facebook will adopt relates to Instagram’s nudity policy, to clarify that “health-related nudity” is allowed. The Oversight Board, which is an independent entity that rules on knotty content cases across all of Facebook’s platforms, recommended that Facebook update Instagram’s community guidelines around adult nudity to clarify that some nudity — if it is health-related, photos of breastfeeding, giving birth, breast cancer awareness, gender confirmation surgery, or in an act of protest — is allowed on the platform. Facebook agreed. It will take a while for that to go into effect holistically, but Facebook says it’ll provide progress updates. It’s not necessarily a win for the #FreeTheNipple movement, but it’s at least a step towards nuance.
Some nudity — if it is health-related, photos of breastfeeding, giving birth, breast cancer awareness, gender confirmation surgery, or in an act of protest — is allowed.
Including the Instagram nudity policy change, Facebook is acting on 11 of the board’s recommendations, “assessing feasibility” on five of them, and is dismissing one of them. This comes after the board published decisions on its first cases, which were immediately implemented.
Some of the other areas where Facebook says it is “committed to action” appear to be largely commitments to transparency. Facebook said it would clarify its community standards to include how it treats COVID-19 misinformation that could cause immediate physical harm and how it handles humor, satire, and personal experiences. Facebook is also launching a transparency center to help users better understand the platform’s community standards.
A recommendation Facebook won’t be implementing is one in which the board intriguingly asked for less oversight regarding COVID-19 misinformation. The board recommended that Facebook should “adopt a range of less intrusive measures” when users post information about COVID-19 treatments that contradict the advice of health authorities.
Source: Mashable India
Original publication 26 February, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 8th March 2021
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