Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says Kenosha Post Did Not Violate ‘Call to Arms’ Policy

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg instructed US senators on Tuesday {that a} web page which posted a “call to arms” throughout protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August had not violated the corporate’s “call to arms” coverage.

“My understanding is that that post did not necessarily violate that call to arms policy at the time,” mentioned Zuckerberg, referring to the Kenosha Guard’s requires folks to “take up arms” and defend the town from “evil thugs.”

Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera mentioned Zuckerberg’s testimony straight contradicted what Facebook had instructed civil rights organisations about how its “call to arms” coverage utilized to the Kenosha incident.

“Facebook’s constantly changing explanations of why the policy failed and how it even works adds further evidence that the company isn’t serious about creating policies that will actually protect our safety and security,” she mentioned in an announcement.

Facebook ultimately eliminated the Kenosha Guard web page after the capturing deaths of two folks in the course of the protests, saying it violated a separate rule towards “militia organisations.”

The Kenosha Guard additionally created a Facebook occasion and warned police they might be “outnumbered.” Facebook reportedly acquired 455 consumer experiences flagging that occasion, however that content material moderators decided it didn’t violate the corporate’s insurance policies. Zuckerberg has known as that inaction an “operational mistake.”

Zuckerberg has known as that inaction an “operational mistake.”

Facebook’s “call to arms” coverage, introduced final yr together with a scathing civil rights audit of the corporate, banned occasions that advocate bringing weapons to areas like faculties and homes of worship to harass others primarily based on their id.

A Facebook spokeswoman instructed Reuters the coverage applies to some protests, if they’ve a excessive threat for violence, however declined to reply to a query on whether or not the corporate had designated Kenosha as excessive threat.

In introducing the coverage final yr, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg mentioned it barred “posts from people who intend to bring weapons anywhere to intimidate or harass others, or who encourage people to do the same.”

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