Facebook Announces New Hate Speech & Misinformation Policies

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to the platform's policies around hate speech and voter suppression, amid a flood of big advertisers pulling their campaigns,The Guardianreports. Among the big advertisers leaving the platform were Coca-Cola, Honda, Hershey, Lululemon, Jansport and the multinational Unilever, among many more. Analyst Nicole Perrin said Unilever's decision to pull ads for six months was a game-changer. “That suggests a deeper problem with user-generated content platforms, as divisiveness is to be expected on any such platform that allows political expression,” she said. Facebook said it would take an approach similar to that of Twitter, labeling posts that may violate its policies but are allowed to remain on the platform because they are deemed newsworthy. They will include a link to its voting information center on any post talking about voting, including by politicians. Critics say the new moves don't go far enough, and Facebook says it will continue to allow lying in paid political advertisements. “Labeling ‘newsworthy’ content so the public can judge for themselves is not a new policy. It’s more of the same, and it won’t cut it,” one critic said. Facebook makes about 98 percent of its $70 billion in annual revenue from advertising. Read more here https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jun/26/facebook-policies-hate-speech-advertisers-unilever?CMP=fb_a-technology_b-gdntech

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