Facebook has revisited its Community Standards and are now apparently working harder to figure out just exactly what needs to change – to make the rules and regulations of Facebook a little simpler to follow. Interestingly, the rules themselves or the standards at which the social network holds itself were not changed or modified. However, the company did share a lengthy blog post, as well as send out a community video that would shed light on some of the things that would be either protected or removed.
As with any set of rules or regulations covering roughly a billion users – there are bound to be exceptions to the rules, or instances of content that simply either go undetected or the reporting system fails. So, Facebook makes it clear in the video they shared that blocking, reporting, and unfollowing the person or page is a good option for those who are made uncomfortable by a post or page. It was as if to say that while Facebook is modifying its rules and regulations – they won’t actually be changing anything on the social network.
In fact, they said that precisely. They pointed out that they wouldn’t actually be changing the rules or regulations – or the community standards if you will – that users are held to on Facebook – but pointed out that bullying, nudity and other inappropriate content like that – was not acceptable. To many, it felt like a very lengthy, and very confusing statement about where Facebook stands on their own rules. This though comes as reports were released which detailed the number of data removal requests that Facebook had received from government entities around the world. While requests dropped in the United States and the United Kingdom – the data requests soared in places like Turkey and India.
Making the Community Standards clear in this post – then felt more political than it did for the genuine purpose of making Facebook a better place. In fact, as one reads through the clarification of the Community Standards – they see quickly that there wasn’t a lot that actually changed – and that not a lot was actually clarified in the process. Rather the update explicitly points out that not all offensive or disturbing messages classify as a violation of the Community Standards Facebook has – and in doing so it made the focus feel far more political than substantive.