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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2021)

Facebook will be making changes to a few of its policies based on recommendations from its Oversight Board. The first round of rulings on content moderation had occurred a month ago. A few of the decisions made had also changed the social media platform’s original actions. A few recommendations had been put out by the board for Facebook as well.

Facebook said it will be carrying out the actions in order to address 11 of these recommendations. The company will also be assessing feasibility to execute five more recommendations. 

The social media platform did say that it will not be acting upon one of the recommendations. It had made clear that this move might soften its approach to battle false news on the coronavirus. 

Some of the changes that will be made by Facebook are more transparency, updating Instagram policies, and introducing a Transparency Centre. The boar also said that Facebook will be calibrating the use of automation. 

The company said in a blog post, “Technology allows us to detect and remove harmful content before people report it, sometimes before people see it. We typically launch automated removals when they are at least as accurate as those by content reviewers. We’ll continue to evaluate which kind of reviews or appeals should be done by people and which can be safely handled by automated systems, and how best to provide transparency about how decisions were made.”

A few of the future policies are making sure that there are better policies when it comes to health-related misinformation.

“We’ll continue to assess and develop a range of tools to address health misinformation, considering the least intrusive to expression wherever possible,” Facebook said.


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