In recent times it seems as though misleading and fake posts on social media have gotten out of hand. Consequently, the likes of Facebook receive heavy criticism for not taking necessary steps to solve the issue. However, Facebook has finally taken a step in the right direction by reforming its policy on the matter. The help of local organizations and authorities has also been sought after by Facebook in order to identify fake posts and devise the Facebook New Policy.
The new strategy was first tested in Sri Lanka. Facebook believed that bogus posts about Muslims poisoning food given to Buddhists was inciting violence between Muslims and Buddhists. A Facebook spokesperson said:
“There are certain forms of misinformation that have contributed to physical harm, and we are making a policy change which will enable us to take that type of content down”.
The policy will be implemented in the next few months after positive assessment in Sri Lanka.
Facebook New Policy: How the Social Media Giant will Cope With the Problem
Facebook will remove inaccurate and deceptive content which may spark violence. This includes cooked up pictures, created and shared to stir up tensed and turbulent situations. Hate speech and threats will be removed immediately as Facebook considers them major violations of their new policy. Content which may not seem explicitly violent but encourage such behavior will also not be tolerated.
Hopefully, Facebook can be victorious in their fight against fabricated information posted on their network and that this problem is put to bed for good.