Facebook vows to stop ‘harmful content’ by punishing users who break their rules

Facebook on Wednesday announced changes to keep the Groups feature free from “harmful content” by increasing the penalties against users who break Facebook’s “Community Standards.”

Sarah Perez for TechCrunch:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook this morning announced it will increase the penalties against its rule-breaking Facebook Groups and their members, alongside other changes designed to reduce the visibility of groups’ potentially harmful content. The company says it will now remove civic and political groups from its recommendations in markets outside the U.S., and will further restrict the reach of groups and members who continue to violate its rules.

In addition to health groups, users worldwide won’t be “recommended” civic or political groups when browsing Facebook. It’s important, however, to note that recommendations are only one of many ways users find Facebook Groups. Users can also find them in search, through links people post, through invites and friends’ private messages.

In addition, Facebook says groups that have gotten in trouble for violating Facebook’s rules will now be shown lower in recommendations — a sort of downranking penalty Facebook often uses to reduce the visibility of News Feed content.

The company will also increase the penalties against rule-violating groups and their individual members through a variety of other enforcement actions. For example, users who attempt to join groups that have a history of breaking Facebook’s Community Standards will be alerted to the the group’s violations through a warning message, which may cause the user to reconsider joining.

MacDailyNews Take: Would that Sheila Broflovski could come to life, animate as it were, right into America in 2021. Unfortunately, amidst the throes of endless perceived slights and transgressions — “WHAT, WHAT, WHAT!?” — she’d soon die an admittedly pleasant death, wracked by unrelenting orgasms.

Tom Alison, VP of Engineering, Facebook Blog:

It’s important to us that people can discover and engage safely with Facebook groups so that they can connect with others around shared interests and life experiences. That’s why we’ve taken action to curb the spread of harmful content, like hate speech and misinformation, and made it harder for certain groups to operate or be discovered, whether they’re Public or Private. When a group repeatedly breaks our rules, we take it down entirely.

MacDailyNews Take: You will say what Facebook (or Twitter, Apple, Google, etc.) deems acceptable or you will not be heard, capiche?

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” — George Orwell

Note to Big Tech: Orwell’s 1984 was a warning, not a user manual.

21 Comments

  1. It’s almost completely conservative groups and individuals that are currently being censored or disbanded. I talk to my liberal friends and they have no idea what I’m talking about. They know nobody in ‘Facebook Jail’. None of their groups have been warned about content or closed down. Liberals have no idea what is really going on out there because it’s not happening to them.

    These big tech companies are boxing out those with opposing viewpoints because that’s what their employees learned to do in our Universities, where they experienced the same thing. We’ve brainwashed an entire generation into thinking the way to deal with opposition is to end the discussion.

      1. ” right wing thrives on conspiracy theories and BS.”

        You mean leftist thieves of Big Tech silencing the majority conservative voices and cancel culture erasing any trace.

        What are the leftist thieves afraid of as they narrow speech and thought? Easy duh, try the TRUTH and denial is not a river in Egypt…

        1. “Majority conservative voices?” The total population of the US is 331 million people. There were 233.8 million registered voters as of Nov. 3, 2020. 74 million of them voted for the incumbent President. 85 million voted for somebody else, and an additional 75 million chose not to vote for the incumbent or any of his opponents.

          74 is not a majority of 331, 234, or even 159 — any more than 1.8% is less than 1%, as you claimed elsewhere today.

    1. People saying it’s just conservatives are liars. I’m in my second 30 day jail sentence THIS YEAR for using colorful language to call out blatant homophobia. His comments are up, mine got taken down. So stop fucking lying and claiming it’s some conspiracy against conservatives. Maybe if yall didn’t have such disgusting views you wouldn’t be facing this backlash.

  2. As Justice Brandeis said, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. ― George Orwell

    I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ― Evelyn Beatrice Hall (S. G. Tallentyre)

    If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ― George Washington

    1. Every CENSOR COMPANY in Big Tech should post these quotes on their company bulletin boards and certainly frame them in the CEO offices.

      They are allowed to get away with brown shirt tactics narrowing speech and discourse, why, because they can!

      Section 230 allows them to operate with unabashed IMPUNITY, while they hide behind one legalese nebulous sentence, “violates our terms of service” like, uh, would that be LEFTIST Terms of Service…🤔

      1. Socialist big-government agitprop from envious losers who can’t stand the notion that private companies should be allowed to formulate and enforce their own terms of service. Just another expression of the anti-capitalist and anti-free enterprise refusal to recognize that companies that out-compete the other companies in the market will grow bigger than their rivals. Can’t have that!

        If so-called populist ideas were really popular, the companies and political candidates who reflect those ideas would not be losing in the marketplace and at the ballot box. Facebook and Twitter (and Joe Biden) wouldn’t be a problem because more customers would choose their pro-populist rivals. That clearly is not happening, so it is time for Big Brother to intervene.

        The companies and political candidates that reflect a particular political ideology, and that serve a dwindling demographic, have to be protected from competition and an inclusive consumer base and electorate. One way of doing that is to hand over control of every means of communication to those who are wealthy enough to sue other points of view into silence. Then they can spread their deadly lies without fear of independent fact-checking from a free press or a free people.

        1. Read the quotes from Brutal Truth and spare us the sanctimonious lectures. Their is no free press for the most part. All controlled by corporations and most Leftist BIASED. The free press is dead, for the most part…

      2. Goeb will now give us a specific example of a social media term of service that is “leftist”.

        Be prepared to wait, since Goeb has never actually read any terms of service before. He merely likes pulling uninformed judgements out of his fat ass.

        1. Name ONE Social Media company that is not “leftist” whenever you are ready.

          I can name one, Parlar that is censored by the Leftist Silicon Valley cabal.

          Wrap your fat head around that one…

  3. FB is under both political and legal pressure. It’s also under unremitting pressure from Liberals and Conservos who have complained loudly about FB’s “censorship” but it’s not censorship in legal terms. It’s instead corporate overreach with which I strongly disagree.
    In my case FB removed my image of a Michelangelo nude. WTF? It also deleted a political account for fighting against the fake Russiagate conspiracy fantasy; It never happened but Clintonistas and their NeoLib commissars hammered me and reported me to FB’s fascist for it.

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