Following a recommendation from its supervisory board, Facebook announced that it would update its community standards to be clearer on how it handles satirical content, the company said in a blog post.
“We will add information to community standards that will make it clear where we consider satire as part of our assessment of context-specific decisions,” according to the post. “This change will allow teams to take satire into account when assessing potential hate speech violations.”
The update comes after the Supervisory board determined that Facebook was wrong to delete a user’s comment referring to the Turkish government, based on the two buttons even. The Supervisory Board described it:
This meme featured the same split-screen cartoon as the original meme, but with the cartoon character’s face substituted for a Turkish flag. The cartoon character has his right hand on his head and appears to be sweating. Above the cartoon character, in the other half of the split screen, there are two red buttons with corresponding labels, in English: “The Armenian Genocide is a lie” and “The Armenians were terrorists who deserved it ”. The meme was preceded and followed by a “thinking face” emoji.
Facebook deleted the post, citing its Cruel and callous community standard, which says it will remove posts that target “victims of severe physical or emotional harm,” which includes the use of memes and gifs. Facebook then reclassified the deletion to fall under its Community standard for hate speech.
The Supervisory Board pointed out in its recommendation that while Facebook has said it will make exceptions for satire, it does not specify how or what can be characterized as satire in its guidelines. Facebook said in its post that in addition to clarifying its guidelines for satire, it would “initiate a review of identical content with parallel context” and may take other actions.
This marks the last instance of Facebook following the advice of its new Supervisory Board. Earlier this month, Facebook said put an end to its so-called “topical” policy, which has allowed politicians to bypass many of its content rules. Going forward, the company “will not treat content posted by politicians any differently from content posted by anyone else,” Facebook’s Nick Clegg said in a statement. blog post.