Facebook says it will ban content that sexually harasses celebrities

Facebook declared Wednesday that it would start eradicating “severe sexualizing content” aiming at public figures as a share of a new update to its victimization and harassment policies. The policy variations also comprise synchronized harassment outbreaks against users.

As part of this fresh policy apprise, Facebook said that it would eliminate any profiles, pages, groups, or events devoted to sexualizing public figures, containing celebrities, politicians, and content creators. The new policy bans sexualized photoshops and sketches and any humiliating content “in the progression of physical purposes,” Antigone Davis, global head of safety at Facebook, said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Facebook also stated that it would eliminate “unsolicited sexualized annotation” and monotonous assaults distressing an individual sexually.

Davis wrote in the Wednesday blog post that “Public figures whether they’re politicians, journalists, celebrities or creators use Facebook and Instagram to involve straight with their followers,” according to him “They made these changes because attacks like these can weaponized a public figure’s presence, which is excessive and often not associated to the work these public figures represent.”


Facebook policy change on sexual harasses celebrities

Facebook’s policy notice comes after whistleblower Frances Haugen appeared before Congress last week. Last Tuesday’s inquiry was dedicated to a series of intellects from the Wall Street Journal that exposed Facebook executives were conscious of the problems its platform could impose on users, especially teenagers. Haugen is expected to appear before the UK Parliament later this month.

Wednesday’s update also comprises fresh linguistic prohibition, synchronized attacks on users that are at a “sensitive risk of offline harm,” even if the posts or messages don’t disrupt the content policies of Facebook. This update contains Facebook and Instagram posts and straight messages sent to persons like government dissenters or sufferers of intense attacks.

Last month, Twitch included new tools to fight contrary to creator harassment on its platform, comprising phone number verification preferences for a chat. The streaming platform also declared modifications to its email verification system to give creators more control over the spectators using chat. Users are permitted up to five accounts to a single phone number, controlling the number of accounts that could be made to tease a creator.

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