Facebook said Thursday that it is cracking down on private groups where members spread hatred or misinformation.
The move comes in the midst of a broader crackdown by the social networking platform on deceptive and false content that has prompted individuals to turn to private communities of like-minded members who can post content that is not open to the larger Facebook community.
“In order to communicate with those who share their interests, people turn to Facebook Groups, but even if they chose to make a community private, they have to play by the same rules as everyone else,” engineering vice president Tom Alison said in a blog post.
“Alison said the community expectations of Facebook” apply to public and private organisations, and our constructive detection instruments operate for both.
To automatically scan posts, including in private groups, Facebook uses artificial intelligence to take down pages that consistently violate its rules or are set up in violation of the norms of the social network.
According to Alison, over a million organisations have been brought down in the last year for breaching hate policies.
Facebook has deleted about 1.5 million pieces of content in groups during the past year for breaching its coordinated hate policies, with 91 per cent of those posts detected by automated software systems, Alison said.
During the same era, nearly 12 million pieces of material in groups were taken down by the leading social network for breaching hate speech policies, 87 percent of which were proactively detected.
Last month, Facebook said it deleted hundreds of groups linked to the far-right theory of the QAnon conspiracy and imposed restrictions on almost 2,000 more as part of a crackdown on incitement of violence.
In a blog post, the campaigns made via both Facebook and Instagram were against accounts linked to “offline anarchist groups supporting violent actions in the midst of demonstrations, US-based militia organisations and QAnon,” the social media site said.
Under rules tightened on Thursday, Facebook would temporarily block administrators or moderators of groups taken down for rule-breaking from creating new groups.
According to Alison, people tagged for breaching social network norms in groups will need to get
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