Facebook has decided to publish its internal community guidelines in its newly found spirit of transparency and is all set to introduce an appeal process for the users who think their content taken down intentionally.
Facebook has traditionally kept all the secrets about the guidelines that have been using to decide all these years what content should be allowed to show and what not.
Monika Bickert, VP of global product management says face,”we have decided to publish these internal guidelines for two reasons. First, the guidelines will help people understand where we draw the line of nuanced issues. Second, providing these details makes it easier for everyone including the experts in different fields as well to give us feedback so that we can improve the guidelines and the decisions we have made over the time.”
These community guidelines that have come to the market are much more detailed than the community standards that have been used in the past by the users. This part is specifically informative when it comes to harassment and bullying. Along with this, content about another private individual that reflects deteriorating the physical description about or ranking individuals on physical appearance or personality.
Along with publishing the community guidelines, Facebook is also introducing a process to appeal to the users who believe they have been misjudged or misguided. The company by far has come in for a decent amount of Criticism over the years for taking down innocuous content everything from famous pictures of the napalmed child in Vietnam to the famous photos of classical statues.
The company considers vital changes to make in the content policy in every two weeks interval meeting called “content standards forum” that was led by Bickert. A small group of reporters enabled the content standards for a meeting last week on a condition that they can describe the processes but not the substance of the media. On the meeting that was conducted on 17th April, 25 employees came together and sat on the conference table while others from New York, Mexico City, Dublin, Washington, and elsewhere joined through video.
There were questions posed by a former US Federal prosecutor, Bickert and he also provided background and kept the discussion moving in the conference. The meeting lasted for more than an hour.
Facebook is planning to establish a series of public forums in May and June in various countries to get feedback on the community guidelines, says Mary deBree, head of content policy in Facebook.