In the wake of the presidential election last week, Facebook is fighting harder than ever to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform. And in one of its most aggressive moves yet, the social media giant announced that it will begin putting groups on probation that violate its content rules too many times.
According to the new rule, Facebook will restrict both public and private groups that repeatedly violate the company’s community standards. It will also require the groups’ moderators to manually approve posts for 60 days. And, crucially, there will be no appeals process for banned groups.
“We are temporarily requiring admins and moderators of some political and social groups in the US to approve all posts, if their group has a number of Community Standards violations from members, a measure we’re taking in order to protect people during this unprecedented time,” Facebook spokesperson Leonard Lam told The Verge.
This an extreme step for Facebook, which has been extra cautious around the election about protecting the free speech rights of its users. However, it’s at least evidence that Facebook isn’t afraid to take drastic action to ensure its platform isn’t abused by bad actors.
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