Facebook plans to reduce censorship, show more offensive but newsworthy content

Facebook plans to reduce censorship, show more offensive but newsworthy content

Posted 19 seconds ago by Josh Constine (@joshconstine)
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Facebook will soon display more graphic content including violence and nudity that would normally violate its community standards as long as they’re newsworthy or important enough

Facebook’s VP of global policy writes “Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.”

The move comes after criticism of Facebook’s temporary censorship of the famous “Napalm Girl” nude photo of a child from the Vietnam War, which was shared by a Norwegian journalist and later by the newspaper he works for. Eventually the company retreated and restored shares of the photo after heavy media and public backlash.


Recently Facebook took feedback from its community about what they did and didn’t want to see. It’s decision is that “In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards”.

One possible way to do this would be to age-gate content that might be offensive to minors. As for adults, TechCrunch has suggested Facebook employ interstitial warnings about graphic content that users would have to click through to watch.

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