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Facebook Inches Toward More Transparency and Accountability ( 32

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Facebook took a step toward greater accountability this week, expanding the text of its community standards and announcing the rollout of a new system of appeals. Digital rights advocates have been pushing the company to be more transparent for nearly a decade, and many welcomed the announcements as a positive move for the social media giant. The changes are certainly a step in the right direction. Over the past year, following a series of controversial decisions about user expression, the company has begun to offer more transparency around its content policies and moderation practices, such as the "Hard Questions" series of blog posts offering insight into how the company makes decisions about different types of speech.

The expanded community standards released on Tuesday offer a much greater level of detail of what's verboten and why. Broken down into six overarching categories -- violence and criminal behavior, safety, objectionable content, integrity and authenticity, respecting intellectual property, and content-related requests -- each section comes with a "policy rationale" and bulleted lists of "do not post" items. Facebook's other announcement -- that of expanded appeals -- has received less media attention, but for many users, it's a vital development. In the platform's early days, content moderation decisions were final and could not be appealed. Then, in 2011, Facebook instituted a process through which users whose accounts had been suspended could apply to regain access. That process remained in place until this week.

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Facebook Inches Toward More Transparency and Accountability

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  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday April 26, 2018 @06:55PM (#56510191)

    Even if I did believe any of this, and why exactly should I, why does Facebook think they deserve anything resembling trust anymore?

  • Let's see the internals of what Facebook's code is doing with our data and the decisions it makes. Transparency is useless to me without seeing the blue prints. But sadly, I'll still use it to connect with friends.
  • The block-appeals process sounds pretty ineffectual, if it's being handled by the same people who are doing the blocking. Part of the problem there is that there are clearly people working for Facebook who don't understand the difference between a nude painting and a porn video, or who are so disgusted by a snapshot of two men kissing that they fire off a "BLOCK!" and move on to the next report. If you ask someone equally clueless/bigoted to review that decision (and there's no appeal available to protest t

  • So apparently the only way to get your data actually deleted, sucker 'er' member or not, is to abuse the crap out of Facebook ie break all of it's community rules. So Facebook you lying pack of turd smuggling shit bagging privacy perverted fuck wit freak cunts, I hope when the 'space' aliens come, you anal retentive bunch of sick cunts get lined up against the wall and disintegrated first and that whilst they a disintegrating the crap out of Facebook executives and it's board, they steal all of Facebooks st

  • Can Facebook prove it does not create profiles of non-Facebook users?

  • by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Thursday April 26, 2018 @08:06PM (#56510513) Journal
    help ads and brands better track you.
  • Which of these did Diamond and Silk violate?
  • by Darkling-MHCN ( 222524 ) on Thursday April 26, 2018 @11:49PM (#56511383)

    Firstly the one thing people need to understand is that the data mining that has been going on is by third parties through Facebook's APIs with API keys aka Facebook Apps, that anyone has the ability to create and get immediate public access to Facebook's user base without any scrutiny from Facebook. Now they've made a number of revisions to their APIs and wound back a lot of the privileges however the lack of scrutiny is the issue.

    Developing apps on most other platforms which open up users in an ecosystem to data mining by a third party usually involves submitting the app to the company that created the ecosystem. The process of getting an app published on Google or Apples market places is quite involved. Many apps never get authorised by Google's/Apple's platforms due to the app not meeting the platforms technical or privacy standards.

    What Facebook needs is to stop this free for all public access to their APIs and restrict public access to apps that have passed some form of review process administered by a team at Facebook.

  • Broken down into six overarching categories -- violence and criminal behavior, safety, objectionable content, integrity and authenticity, respecting intellectual property, and content-related requests

    Six categories, or perhaps eight, if, you mess, with Oxford, commas.

    "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our six categories are..."

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