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The new Facebook Update Targets Specific Groups and Individuals

The new Facebook Update Targets Specific Groups and Individuals who break official community standards and Facebook try to slow down their reach till removal.

Facebook will take actions and restrictions over the next few months against users who break official community standards to decrease spread of harmful content globally over the next few months. These new restrictions will be limiting and slow down the reach of groups and individuals, closing problematic groups then removing members who continue to violate Facebook’s rules and community standards.

 

A focus on harmful content 

 

Facebook set new restrictions and activated difficulty for groups  to grow, regardless of being public or private till closing of those groups to stop the spread of harmful content which related to all forms of hate speech and misinformation.

Facebook also focuses on problematic users who tend to break the rules and if they do they will face restrictions because they contribute to limiting the reach of the group content and its message.

there is a difference between “misinformation” and “disinformation” regardless some definitions give them the same meaning.

 

Misinformation:

Is an error or inaccurate information without intention of deceiving.

Disinformation:

Is a false information with an intent to deceive.

 

Group Recommendations:

Facebook focuses on limiting the spread of hate speech by no longer recommending groups which encourage harmful content and there’s an intent to make them harder to find.


 

According to Facebook:

“That’s why we’ve taken action to curb the spread of harmful content, like hate speech and misinformation, and made it harder for certain groups to operate or be discovered, whether they’re Public or Private. When a group repeatedly breaks our rules, we take it down entirely.”

Global restrictions on civic, political or new groups:

Facebook announced in January 2021 that it would stop recommending civic and political groups to members in the United States to limit divisive content.

 

Facebook now begin starting this worldwide:

“…we recently removed civic and political groups, as well as newly created groups, from recommendations in the US.

While people can still invite friends to these groups or search for them, we have now started to expand these restrictions globally.”

Restrictions on Groups:

Facebook targets groups which spread hate and misinformation to decrease their popularity and make it difficult to find groups against community standards.

 

Among the new rules targeting harmful Facebook groups:

  • fight groups who object rules within the recommendation system.
  • Make users aware of Community Standards violations before joining problematic groups.
  • Limit groups invite notifications of problematic groups.
  • Limit group content in member news feeds. 

 

Restrictions on Individuals:

Facebook set a couple of restrictions against individuals who post harmful or misleading content as they will see their privileges limited and this will lead to removal from Facebook.

 

Facebook declares:

“When someone has repeated violations in groups, we will block them from being able to post or comment for a period of time in any group. They also won’t be able to invite others to any groups, and won’t be able to create new groups. These measures are intended to help slow down the reach of those looking to use our platform for harmful purposes.”

Facebook also expresses that groups that engage in serious harmful activities will face immediate removal without taking any punitive actions.           

And this is how it will happen:

“We believe that groups and members that violate our rules should have reduced privileges and reach, with restrictions getting more severe as they accrue more violations, until we remove them completely.

And when necessary in cases of severe harm, we will outright remove groups and people without these steps in between.”

Facebook Reassess Meaning of Engagement:

Facebook focuses on the harmful behavior and divisiveness that some say Facebook’s algorithms encouraged as facebook’s algorithms previously encouraged engagement regardless of the reasons for that engagement which may be related to hate.

This new approach seems to redefine quality engagement to discourage and fight all negative forms of engagement that lead to harmful or unlawful behavior.


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