Facebook to now count activists, journalists as ‘involuntary’ public figures to protect them against harassment

Facebook announced in October 2021 that it would start counting activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures. This means that these groups will be afforded more protections against harassment and bullying on the platform.

Previously, Facebook only considered people who sought out the spotlight to be public figures. This meant that activists and journalists, who often find themselves in the public eye due to their work, were not afforded the same protections as celebrities or politicians.

The new policy change is a welcome step in the right direction. Activists and journalists are often targeted with harassment and abuse online, and this can have a chilling effect on their work. By providing them with more protections, Facebook is helping to ensure that they can continue to do their important work without fear of reprisal.

Here are some of the protections that Facebook will now offer to involuntary public figures:

  • They will be able to report harassment and bullying more easily.
  • Facebook will take down content that is intended to intimidate or silence them.
  • They will be able to get help from Facebook’s safety team if they are being targeted.

The new policy is still in its early stages, but it is a positive step forward. It is important to remember that Facebook is a private company, and it has the right to decide who it does and does not allow on its platform. However, this policy change shows that Facebook is committed to protecting the safety of its users, even those who are not traditional public figures.

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