Facebook's leaked 'rules' on censorship are very revealing
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Comments posted on Facebook about killing Donald Trump are banned by the social networking site – though violent threats against other people are often allowed to remain untouched, an investigation based on leaked guidelines has claimed. A dossier apparently containing dozens of training manuals and internal documents obtained by the Guardian newspaper claims to offer an insight into how content posted by Facebook’s users is moderated. It shows “credible violence” such as posting the phrase “someone shoot Trump” must be removed by the staff because he is a head of state – but generic posts stating someone should die are permitted as they are not regarded as credible threats, the newspaper claims. Staff are told videos of abortions are allowed to remain on Facebook as long as they do not contain nudity, while footage of violent deaths does not have to be deleted because it can help create awareness of issues such as mental illness, the Guardian said. All “handmade” art showing nudity and sexual activity is allowed but digitally made art showing sexual activity is not, the newspaper claimed. Facebook will also allow people to livestream attempts to self-harm because it “doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress”, it added.
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