Facebook says it will ban content that sexually harasses celebrities

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It’s also rolling out new mass assault protections

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Facebook announced Wednesday that it will begin removing “serious sexual content” targeting public figures as part of a new update to its bullying and harassment policies. Policy changes also include coordinated harassment attacks against users.

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As part of this new policy update, Facebook said it will remove any profiles, pages, groups or events dedicated to the sexual exploitation of public figures, including celebrities, politicians and content creators. The new policy bans sexualized photoshop and images and any abusive content “in the process of bodily functions,” said Antigone Davis, global head of security at Facebook. said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Facebook also said it would remove “unsolicited sexual commentary” and repeated attacks that sexually harass a person.

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“Public figures – whether they are politicians, journalists, celebrities or producers – use Facebook and Instagram to connect directly with their followers,” Davis wrote in Wednesday’s blog post. “We made these changes because such attacks can weaponize the appearance of a public figure, which is unnecessary and often unrelated to the work these public figures represent.”

Facebook’s policy announcement follows whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony before Congress last week. focuses on a series of reports from last Tuesday’s hearing wall street journal This showed that Facebook executives were aware of the harm its platform could cause to users, especially teenagers. Haugen is expected to testify Before the UK Parliament later this month.

Wednesday’s update also included new language banning large, coordinated attacks on users who are at “increased risk of harm offline,” even if the post or message doesn’t violate Facebook’s content policies. The update includes Facebook and Instagram posts and direct messages sent to government dissidents or victims of violent attacks.

Last month, Twitch added new tools to its platform to fight against creator harassment, including phone number verification options for chat. The streaming platform also announced changes to its email verification system to give creators more control over which audiences use chat. Users are allowed a maximum of five accounts on one phone number, which limits the number of accounts that can be created for harassing a creator.

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