Monday 11 December 2017

Tackling bullying and revenge porn is top priority, says Facebook

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Facebook insists that it takes safety seriously, and last month introduced new tools to help people when intimate images are shared without permission.

The crackdown on 'revenge porn' includes a new process that prevents users from sharing these images without the subject's consent.

A spokesperson for the social media giant said that it had also worked with gardaí when required and developed sophisticated reporting tools.

"We want Facebook to be a safe environment for our users so we have developed reporting tools and we encourage users to report content that violates our community standards such as private photos going viral, bullying, hate speech etc," said the spokesperson.

"We have built an extensive reporting infrastructure that enables people to report other individuals and suspicious activity quickly. Every piece of content, profile, group or page on Facebook can be reported to us and reviewed by members of our large, expertly trained community operations team.

"We encourage people to use our reporting and blocking tools if they find content which makes them feel uncomfortable so we can review and take swift action."

Facebook insists that safety is its number one priority and that it has spent 'over a decade' innovating to keep people safe.

The social network is also governed by a set of community standards that prohibits hate speech, terrorism, specific threats of violence and bullying.

"These standards set out limits for acceptable behaviour and content. If they are broken, we move quickly and take appropriate action," said the spokesperson.

In a further development this week, Facebook outlined new measures it is taking to combat what it calls "information operations" that go well beyond the phenomenon known as fake news.

Facebook said it would now fight information operations, which it regards as more complex than traditional hackers and scammers, by suspending or deleting false accounts after identifying them with sophisticated analysis tools.

Irish Independent

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