Social Media, Facebook, is on the move to set community standards against promotion of terrorism, hate speech and risks for physical injuries. On March 16, 2015, Facebook shared that a new set of guideline will be used to clarify which posts are acceptable to combat the growing issue on violence, nudity, hate speech and terrorism.
The update on the community standards discusses the that the social platform will not allow the promotion of hate, terrorist activities and also organized criminal activities. This decision also coincides with the advocacy of Bernard Cazeneuve, French Interior Minister, that social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Google must finds ways to stop the terrorists from using online platforms for their fundraising and global recruitment.
While nudity is still banned in many cases, images for portrayal of art, breastfeeding and medical condition discussions will be allowed.
Monika Bickert and Chris Sonderby of Facebook shared that the new standards are created to make people more motivated to treat other users with respect and empathy. They also urge users to use their legal names. This is to help stop people from using a different name and criticize other people. The anonymity given by social networks seemed to empower people with the courage to use hate messages and cyberbully other people, thus authentic names are urged to be used in Facebook.
Facebook will also not tolerate messages that will appear to purposely shame and degrade someone. Facebook also said that they will disable accounts, remove contents and work with the law enforcement if they believe that there is a risk of physical harm and public threats through the use of their social media.
However, the challenge lies wherein some disturbing contents may not violate the standards of diverse global community.