Facebook to Shield Public Figures from Cyber-harassment
Social media company Facebook has announced plans to selectively protect some of its better-known users from being harassed on its platform.
Updates to the company’s bullying and harassment policies were announced yesterday by Facebook's global head of safety, Antigone Davis. The announcement coincided with National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Day in the United States.
Davis said Facebook is introducing a policy "to help protect people from mass harassment and intimidation." Under the new rules, "harmful content" that attacks public figures only will be removed.
This digital courtesy will not be extended to all public figures. Facebook said it will remove harmful content that impacts only certain notable personages.
Decisions over who will be left with abusive content on their profile will be made on a case-by-case basis by Facebook.
"The policy team will assess an involuntary public figure’s engagement with fame on a case-by-case basis, conducting analysis of social media presence (which may include things like high fan count, verification), or the person’s engagement with their fame through ongoing media engagements and public speaking," a Facebook spokesperson told Fox News.
Davis said that Facebook is also going to start deleting sexualized content