CNN.com melder fredag kveld at Facebook nå vil gjøre endringer på regelverket og de såkalte «community standards», når det kommer til blant annet nakenhet og vold.
Endringene har sin bakgrunn i forrige måneds storm i blant annet Norge, og gjentatte debatter og kritikk mot disse reglene.
Nettsamfunnet antyder nå at de vil tillate mer av bildene som til nå har vært forbudt, dersom de har nyhetens interesse, er vesentlig eller viktig for offentligheten.
Det er imidlertid ikke bare enkelt, for CNN advarer mot at det kan bli en ny hodepine - all den tid Facebook allerede har uttalt at de ikke er en medieplattform, men et teknologiselskap.
Og det amerikanske mediehuset oppsummerer saken slik:
Facebook is staying vague for now on exactly how this will work. Who will be involved in determining if a post is newsworthy? Will officials in certain countries be able to deem certain critical posts as not in the public interest? Will graphic but newsworthy posts include a warning?
Reps for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. One thing seems clear, though: It will take more than just an algorithm to solve this problem.
Facebook selv kommenterer og forteller om endringene i en bloggpost fredag kveld.
Den lyder som følger:
Input from Community and Partners on our Community Standards
In recent weeks, we have gotten continued feedback from our community and partners about our Community Standards and the kinds of images and stories permitted on Facebook. We are grateful for the input, and want to share an update on our approach.
Observing global standards for our community is complex. Whether an image is newsworthy or historically significant is highly subjective. Images of nudity or violence that are acceptable in one part of the world may be offensive — or even illegal — in another. Respecting local norms and upholding global practices often come into conflict. And people often disagree about what standards should be in place to ensure a community that is both safe and open to expression.
In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards. We will work with our community and partners to explore exactly how to do this, both through new tools and approaches to enforcement. Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.
As always, our goal is to channel our community’s values, and to make sure our policies reflect our community’s interests. We’re looking forward to working closely with experts, publishers, journalists, photographers, law enforcement officials and safety advocates about how to do better when it comes to the kinds of items we allow. And we’re grateful for the counsel of so many people who are helping us try to get this right.