The company’s independent oversight committee said on Thursday that Facebook had “misplaced” guidance for three years of important exemptions from its rules for dangerous individuals and organizations.
The company’s board of directors was set up to rule on a small number of controversial content decisions. The committee said it overturned Facebook’s initial practice of deleting Instagram posts, which encouraged people to talk about Abdullah, a founding member of the Kurdish Workers’ Union. Ocalan’s solitary confinement. ‘Party (PKK).
It stated that these content should not be deleted, but it also stated that after choosing this case, Facebook found that relevant parts of its internal rules were “unintentionally not transferred” to the new review system in 2018.
The guidelines make an exception to Facebook’s rules, which prohibit support or praise of individuals or organizations that it designates as dangerous, and allow discussion of confinement conditions.
Facebook has long been censoring the content allowed on its platform and has been criticized by the board of directors for the lack of transparency in its rules. The board stated that it was “concerned” that Facebook would lose this important policy exemption, which may cause other posts to be mistakenly deleted.
It said that the guidelines were developed in 2017 and that the guidelines were not shared with Facebook’s policy team, partly because of concerns about Ocalan’s imprisonment conditions.
A company spokesperson declined to answer Reuters’ questions about how the policy has expired. The board said that Facebook is reviewing the reasons for its failure to transfer the guidelines, but said it was “technically infeasible” to determine how much content was removed when the guidelines were not available. Before the board of directors made a decision, Facebook had restored the content.
The board of directors has recommended that Facebook publish the results of its review, including a description of any other loss policies.
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