Facebook will expand its harassment policies to remove the most defamatory content. It is the commitment that the company has made in an attempt to stem the accusations of fomenting hatred online that emerge from the testimony before Congress of a former employee.
Under the new and more detailed harassment policy, announced in a blog post on the social network, Facebook will block content that reduces public figures to sexual objects, including celebrities and politicians.
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Protections from harassment of government dissidents, journalists and human rights activists around the world will also be strengthened after social media attacks have been used to silence dissent in many countries.
Another novelty concerns an initiative against bullying: all coordinated harassment will be prohibited, that is, those in which a group of individuals collaborate to bully another user. This change will apply to everyone, not just politicians and celebrities. “We do not allow bullying and harassment on our platform, but when it happens, we take action,” wrote Antigone Davis, head of global security at Facebook, in a blog post.