Facebook is changing its harassment and bullying policies to protect people who are facing abuse online. The company called on global stakeholders to update, including female politicians, representatives of the LGBTQ community, content creators and more.
The changes were unveiled on Wednesday, which is also National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Day.
Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of security, shared, “It’s important that everyone on our apps feels safe to connect and connect with their communities. We don’t allow bullying and harassment on our platform, but when it does happen.” If so, then we take action.” a News release.
The social media platform will remove targeted, coordinated efforts of mass harassment if there is a risk of harm against anyone offline – even if the content does not violate other policies. Facebook will also remove any content, including direct messages, comments and posts. The updated policy includes removing groups and Pages that work together to harass or threaten anyone.
These changes are also expected to provide greater protection to public figures and those who have inadvertently become public figures, such as human rights advocates or journalists. Facebook will remove “abusive or sexual attacks” on public figures, including profiles, pages, groups and images that sexually exploit them. Unwanted comments can also be removed at the request of the individual.
Facebook said it would continue to make changes to its policies as needed.