More than 4,000 people and groups are part of an internal moderation ‘black list’ drawn up by Facebook, which lists the movements that are prohibited from using their platforms because they are related to terrorism or other forms of violent groups.
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The internal reports of the social network that you have published The Intercept collect the lists of moderation Facebook for the enforcement of your dangerous individuals and organizations policy.
This regulation encompasses the measures of the US company in five areas: hatred, crime, terrorism, paramilitary social movements and non-state violent groups.
As a reference, the policy uses a ‘black list’ with 4,000 people and groups associated with violent activities, ranging from politicians and writers to hundreds of musical groups and even deceased historical figures.
Up to now Facebook it had not made this list public, despite having received numerous recommendations from its Content Advisory Board, made up of independent experts.
“Like other technology companies, we have not shared the list to limit legal risk, limit security risks, and minimize opportunities for groups to circumvent the rules.”, the director of Counterterrorism Policies and Dangerous Organizations of Facebook, Brian Fishman.
In addition to the blacklist, The Intercept has also released internal moderation documents for Facebook for your dangerous organization policy. Although all of them are prohibited, they are now structured in three levels according to whether or not it is allowed to discuss them.
In the first rank, the most dangerous, users are not allowed to express positive comments or defend violent people or groups, even for non-violent acts or activities.
This category is reserved especially for terrorist groups, with about 500 criminal organizations, of which more than 250 are white supremacists, as Fishman himself has claimed, compared to the claims of the original report that claimed less severity with these groups.
In the second level, Facebook it places violent non-state actors. Users are allowed to express approval for the non-violent activities of these groups, but not “substantial support” for the group as a whole.
The third and last level is made up of groups that, although they do not exercise violence, are susceptible to becoming violent and frequently use hate speech. This range includes about a thousand militarized social groups, which are prohibited, but about which other users are allowed to speak in Facebook.
Brian Fishman has stated that the list of violent actors published by The Intercept “is not exhaustive” and that this list “is constantly updated as teams try to mitigate the risk.”
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