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Saturday, 24 December 2016

EXPOSED: Internal Facebook documents reveal actual guidelines for censorship

Claire Bernish
Free Thought Project

Facebook's reasons for deleting posts seem to be an irrational morass of complexities frustrating its millions of users to no end, given the social media platform doesn't explain itself — but internal documents disclosed in a new report finally reveal why posts are taken down.

German outlet SZ-Magazin obtained internal Facebook documents mapping how the platform determines which posts deserve the hate-speech ban-hammer, but — while certainly enlightening — its formulas will be no less infuriating to advocates for free speech.
"We remove speech that targets people based on a longstanding trait that shapes their identity and ties them to a category that has been persistently discriminated against, oppressed, or exploited," one document states.

"We do not allow hate speech on our platforms because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion that limits people's willingness to share freely and represent themselves authentically."

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