Facebook will Create an Independent Moderation Department in 2019

Facebook will create an independent department to manage the appeals of users regarding the moderation of content by the company.

In an open letter, the CEO of the company, Mark Zuckerberg, says that this independent regulator will be operational by the end of next 2019. Similarly, he explains that the company is still studying the mechanism of election of the members that are part of this organism.

“Facebook intends that the weight of moderation does not fall exclusively in the company.”

With this entity Facebook intends that the weight of moderation of the content does not fall entirely on the company. In addition, the processes that decide which content is eliminated will establish a kind of jurisprudence for future cases.

On the other hand, Facebook has published its second transparency report on “Community Standards”, in which it details the content purge activity within the company.

The dossier specifies that more than 2 million publications on harassment and another 8.7 million related to child sexual exploitation or nudity have been removed from the social network. In this last section we must remember that artistic nudes are also included, currently prohibited on the platform, which have led to the elimination of photographs of several museum pieces.

The increase in spam eliminations, which reach 1,230 million contents, is striking, around 25% more than in the last quarter in which 957 million publications were eliminated.

On the other hand and after the recent episodes, Facebook clarifies that it has eliminated a total of 754 million false accounts. From the company point out that many of these false profiles are related to political propaganda campaigns.

Courts request more information from Facebook

Facebook has published a total of 13 letters, dated between 2014 and 2017, in which the US security forces request the company the data related to users immersed in a police investigation.

These letters have been able to see the light since the authorities have lifted the confidentiality orders with which they were issued at first, according to Facebook’s deputy general counsel, Chris Sonderby.

These requests for information by members of law enforcement agencies have increased by 30%, explains the social network in its transparency report, of which more than half included that confidentiality clause that Facebook could not inform the researched user.

These letters usually require data such as the IP addresses of people with whom a person has had contact, information about online purchases, email records and data on the location of mobile devices.