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Allowable Content On Facebook Revealed In Leaked Documents

British newspaper The Guardian has revealed the types of content allowable on Facebook after it managed to obtain internal training manuals and spreadsheets of the social media giant. Moderators who screen the content uploaded on the social network are given training manuals and other documents to aid in their work. These training manuals provide a clear idea on how Facebook moderates posts that tackle the issues of racism, violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, and selfharm. 

The policies on content moderation center around the credibility, authenticity, or context of the post. In one of the leaked documents, Facebook treats the use of violent language simply as means to express frustration. The platform expects that people uttering the words will actually be indifferent to each other once they meet in real life. However, the company draws the line in cases wherein the threat either conveys a certain degree of specificity or is targeted towards certain individuals like heads of state. Videos of violent deaths are also allowed on the premise that it should help inform or raise awareness regarding a certain issue. Meanwhile, videos of animal violence and non-sexual violence towards children are allowed as long as it is not sadistic in nature.

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