Secret Rules for Facebook Moderators Leaked

Saying 'Kick a person with red hair' is OK
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2017 4:37 AM CDT
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The guidelines say anyone with more than 100,000 followers should be considered a public figure.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Posting "Someone shoot Trump" is considered unacceptable by Facebook moderators, but more generalized suggestions of violence like "Kick a person with red hair" or "Let's beat up fat kids" are OK. Those were the examples given in the "credible violence" section of secret Facebook guidelines leaked to the Guardian. The "Facebook Files," including training manuals, state that videos of violent deaths, child abuse, or animal abuse are not banned outright. "Videos of violent deaths are disturbing but can help create awareness," the files say. "We mark as 'disturbing' videos of the violent deaths of humans." The files reveal that Facebook moderators deal with almost a million reports of fake accounts a day.

The guidelines state that child abuse images can be shared in an effort to help identify and rescue the child involved. Animal abuse images can be shared, but not when there's an element of "sadism or celebration." People can livestream attempts to self-harm, because Facebook "doesn't want to censor or punish people in distress." Facebook declined to comment directly on the files, Reuters reports, but Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert issued a statement saying: "We work hard to make Facebook as safe as possible while enabling free speech. This requires a lot of thought into detailed and often difficult questions, and getting it right is something we take very seriously." (A king in a crop top is among Facebook's latest dilemmas.)

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