Facebook Bans Violent Threats — Except Against Certain People

NewsBusters | 7/9/2019 | Staff
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Facebook’s policy for posting content that called for violence used to be straightforward: don’t do it. Now, there are exceptions.

According to an updated version of Facebook’s Community Standards, calls for “high-severity violence” may not be posted, unless the victim in question is “an organization or individual covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy.” In addition, threats “that lead to serious injury” may not be posted only in the case of private individuals or minor public figures.

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The rules say nothing about banning threats that would lead to serious injury against major public figures. A user could threaten to break a world leader’s leg, throw a brick at his or her face, or wish for the politician to break his back, and receive no repercussions from Facebook.

119 Antifa groups are currently active on Facebook, some advocating for milkshakes and bricks to be thrown at the people they disagree with. Facebook has no issue with their presence, but instead has tailored the violence standard in order to allow these groups to be the exception to the rule. When SmashRacismDC, a Washington D.C. Antifa group, posted a threat aimed at President Trump and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX): “This is a message to Ted Cruz, Bret Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You are not safe. We will find you. We...
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