Last month, Facebook’s Oversight Board chastised the company for losing a major policy for three years. At the center of the ruling was an Instagram post about Abdullah Öcalan, encouraging people to speak out about his political imprisonment. Öcalan is one of the founding members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. The PKK is a Kurdish militia that Facebook classifies as a “dangerous organization”.
Initially, the company had removed the post due to a rule that prohibits Facebook users from expressing support for groups and individuals that belong to that category. At the same time, Facebook also had an “inside guide”, which grew in part around discussions the company had about Öcalan’s incarceration, which set an exception to that policy to allow people to discuss the “conditions of seclusion of persons designated as dangerous. ” However, Facebook did not apply that rule to Öcalan’s case due to an oversight that occurred when he switched to a new review system in 2018.
When examining what happened, the Oversight Board issued 12 recommendations to Facebook, which the company answered today. For starters, you will “immediately” re-implement the misplaced policy at the center of the case. Facebook says it has started training its content reviewers on the rule’s implementation and expects the guide to be fully implemented within the next two weeks.
By the end of the year, he also plans to clarify the Dangerous people and organizations policy. Of the 12 recommendations presented by the Oversight Board, Facebook plans to fully or partially implement most of them. However, one of those that he is not sure would imply that the company shared more complete information about the application of those policies. The company says it is still examining the feasibility of creating a system that provides a country breakdown of compliance and error data. He says he will share an update on that job in one of his upcoming quarterly updates.
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