Facebook publishes censorship guidelines after transparency calls

Facebook on Tuesday published its 27-page guidelines for its content moderators to clarify what posts it decides to take down. The move came after Facebook critics called for more transparency from the social network after the revelation that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which did work for the Trump campaign, improperly accessed information on tens of millions of Facebook users. Facebook’s community standards guidelines tell its thousands of human censors how to handle topics such as hate speech, violent imagery, misrepresentation, terrorist propaganda, and disinformation. “We want people to know our standards and we want to give people clarity,” said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management. “We are trying to strike the line between safety and giving people the ability to really express themselves.”

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