by Brandon Butler
Facebook somehow justifies death threats of public figures 3/24/2021

Alex Hern for The Guardian with the headline, ‘Facebook guidelines allow users to call for death of public figures‘:

Facebook’s bullying and harassment policy explicitly allows for “public figures” to be targeted in ways otherwise banned on the site, including “calls for [their] death”, according to a tranche of internal moderator guidelines leaked to the Guardian.

Public figures are defined by Facebook to include people whose claim to fame may be simply a large social media following or infrequent coverage in local newspapers.

They are considered to be permissible targets for certain types of abuse “because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news”, Facebook explains to its moderators.

When your company has to justify death threats on it’s social media platform as “critical commentary” you really need to step back and re-evaluate your company’s mission and ethics, and then find a new job.