Facebook plans to update its community standards to clarify how it treats satire on its platform following the recommendations of its Oversight Board.
The change in their community’s standards comes when the Oversight Board investigated a user who posted a satirical meme showing Turkey had to choose between “The Armenian genocide is a lie” and “Armenians were terrorists who deserved it. “.
Facebook initially removed the content for violating its policy on hate speech, as outlined in the social media giant’s community standards.
However, the content has now been restored after the Oversight Board ruled that Facebook should not have removed it. The Oversight Board noted that Facebook has said it would make exceptions for satirical content, but has not clarified what counts as satire.
As a result of this, Facebook says it will work to outline what is classified as satire to make it easier for users to adhere to its guidelines.
“We will add information to the Community Standards that clarifies where we consider satire as part of our evaluation of context-specific decisions,” the social media giant said in a blog post.
“This change will allow teams to consider satire when evaluating possible hate speech violations.”