The document further added that the guidelines allow for some of the content that has been flagged to remain on the platform.
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Last month a U.S. man killed an elderly man and posted a video of the murder on Facebook, putting further heat on the world's largest social network. In over 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets, and charts, Facebook has laid out guidelines for everything from violence and terrorism to pornography, racism, self-harm and even cannibalism. Over the past few years, the social network has undergone serious criticism in Europe, the U.S. and even in Israel for its leniency towards content containing violence and incitement. According to the documents, most threats of violence are to be considered either generic, or not credible. It specifies that "aspirational violence" like threatening to "beat up fat kids" is still okay, versus, say, writing "someone shoot Trump".
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Pictures and footage of violent deaths, abortions, the non-sexual abuse of children, and self-harm do not have to be deleted according to the leaked guidance for moderators. Videos of violent death, while marked as disturbing, are also generally allowed, on the basis that they create "awareness" of issues such as mental illness. There is also likely to be heated and lengthy debate about the logic and reasoning behind some of Facebook's rules.
In March tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft pledged to join forces to tackle extremist content on their platforms.
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Leaked Facebook policies that guide moderators on what content users can and cannot post about several topics could cause an global debate about the company's standards.
Zuckerberg's free content ad network-which continues to have a very strict policy about nudity on the site-is also dodging the publisher tag for a very expensive reason: if it were to edit and curate the posts on its site, the company would suddenly be exposed to libel laws. For example, "I hope someone kills you" would not be removed by Facebook, since "people use violent language to express frustration online", and this is one such example of people doing so.
"This requires a lot of thought into detailed and often hard questions, and getting it right is something we take very seriously", Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook, said in a statement on Monday.
Facebook Live, which allows people to livestream video of whatever they wish, has seen several high-profile acts of violence since it was released. For instance, videos of mutilations are removed no matter what, whereas photos are marked as "disturbing".
This particular document opens with a brief explainer, which outlines how Facebook aims to allow as much speech as possible but draw the line at content that could credibly cause real world harm.