Facebook says it won’t loosen COVID-19 policies after Oversight Board request

Facebook says it won’t loosen COVID-19 policies after Oversight Board request


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Facebook has decided whether to adopt recommendations the Facebook Oversight Board made last month when the board decided its first round of appeals from users. Among its responses, Facebook said it would not loosen standards on taking down COVID-19 misinformation, but it would test informing users whether a human or an automated filtering system deleted their post.

The Oversight Board made 17 recommendations based on the six cases it examined. Unlike the board’s decisionsregarding the appeals cases, Facebook is not required to adopt the recommendations, but it agrees that it will at least consider them. However, several of the responses were noncommittal, with one promising to “continue to explore how best to provide transparency […] …

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