The policies implemented by Meta to curb the spread of false news about COVID-19 have increased the range of content that will be removed and the sanctions that will be applied to the accounts that publish them.  (Photo: AFP)

The news that a court in Piura admitted an amparo action against Mark Zuckerberg for blocking the account of a Peruvian lawyer for 45 days after he made a publication where he mentions that Luc Montaignier, a virologist Nobel Prize in medicine, considers that China created COVID-19 to damage the world’s economies has caused a stir in recent hours both in our country and internationally.

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Although there are various factors behind this case, there is no doubt that this fact has raised doubts regarding the situations in which Facebook could suspend or even completely eliminate our accounts and pages within its platform. For this reason, below we will explain what are the behaviors and actions that the most populated social network on the planet sanctions:

The rules are to be met

Facebook prepared a document called “Community standards” where the terms and conditions of use in the social network are compiled. These aim to maintain harmony among the users of the platform and Meta hopes that they will be respected for this very reason. Within these are the parameters to be met for the content published by an account or a page.

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The publications prohibited by Facebook can be divided into five large groups that we will detail:

Violence and criminal behavior: content that in one way or another incites violence, supports dangerous people and organizations, organizes harmful acts, promotes crime, markets restricted goods such as firearms or illicit drugs or is used to fraud or deceive people not have a place on Facebook.

Security: Publications that promote suicide, self-harm, sexual exploitation, abuse and nudity of minors, sexual exploitation of adults, bullying or harassment, exploitation of people or infringe the privacy of a user’s personal information are not allowed. .

Questionable content: Posts with language that incites hatred (racism and the like), violent, explicit and graphic content, nudity and adult sexual activity or sexual services are prohibited on the social network.

Integrity and authenticity: Publications or behaviors that threaten the integrity of the account or the authentic identity, massive spam, instructions of cybercrime modalities, fake news and manipulated multimedia content are sanctioned by Facebook.

Respect for intellectual property: Posting of copyrighted material that receives complaints will immediately disappear from the platform.

The amount of content and prohibited actions on Facebook is enormous, but, conveniently, everything can be found in the Community Rules section of the social network in the following link.

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Sanctions

In its terms and conditions of use, Facebook indicates that it will eradicate all profiles that cannot comply with the rules that aim at a safe coexistence for users. “We eliminate accounts that harm the community, including those that compromise the security of other accounts and our services,” is what the platform points out in this section.

However, this is not to say that engaging in prohibited conduct will always result in immediate account deletion. The social network has different levels of sanctions depending on the severity of the offense committed. As it explains Filmora, the suspension of Facebook can be divided into three different levels:

The account will lose several functions for a period of time stipulated by Facebook, but they can be recovered once the sanction has ended. Being a level reserved for minor offenses, the user has the option of filing an appeal so that the punishment is annulled before the expiration date

Unlike its low-level variant, some account functions and features are permanently locked out at this point. These include the ability to react to a post, access to the Marketplace, ads, groups, and even platform subscriptions.

This section is reserved for the most serious offenses and is punishable by total blocking of the profile. There is no way to recover the account suspended under this modality or the content that has ever been published in it. Even if someone tries to search the profile, they will be redirected to the start after displaying a 404 error.

It should be noted that Facebook usually gives advance notice if someone is publishing prohibited content or if they incur unacceptable attitudes and the consequences that this may have for the user. On several occasions, if the profile relapses into penalized activities within the platform, the punishment could grow until it ends in the definitive block.

Facebook and its fight against disinformation about COVID-19

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Meta decided to implement a series of additional limitations to its policies against fake news to stop the spread of misinformation about the virus and vaccines. Publish data without an official source of the pandemic, its origin or of vaccines, masks and other methods to protect the user from the virus is penalized with the elimination of the published content and, depending on the frequency with which it is made or the severity of the unsubstantiated claim, it may end with the suspension of account.

As we can see, there are many behaviors and content that Facebook is not willing to tolerate on its platform and, with the terms and conditions that they established since the foundation of the social network and that have been updated as time has progressed, they have the power to take letters in the matter against a user who breaches them.

The policies implemented by Meta to curb the spread of false news about COVID-19 have increased the range of content that will be removed and the sanctions that will be applied to the accounts that publish them. (Photo: AFP)

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