‘Facebook cares about user safety, privacy’
Facebook is always very sincere about upholding the community standard rules, especially when it comes to safety. Its policies cover everything from suicide and self-injury to bullying and harassment, privacy and sexual exploitation.
Amber Hawkes, head of safety policy at Facebook for Asia Pacific, came up with the claim at a virtual briefing held on Tuesday.
She said Facebook's safety policies are based on feedback from our community and the advice of experts in fields such as public safety, technology and human rights.
"These policies are global and apply to everyone who uses the platform," she claimed, adding the social networking site does not allow anything that goes against these policies.
She, however, admitted to deviation from the policies, saying, "We invest in technology, processes and people to help us act quickly, so violations of policies affect as few people as possible."
In her brief speech, she said people come to Facebook to make meaningful connections with family and friends. "This is why we work hard to create a safe environment where two billion people from all over the world can share and connect."
Responding to a question on underage Facebook usage, she admitted that people under 18 have access to Facebook. She said, "But users' activities are monitored with measures, and sometimes we block underage accounts too."
She, however, did not disclose how many accounts they blocked and how many users they have from Bangladesh on their platform.
Later, in a press release from Facebook's authorised public relation agency, it said that in the last few years, it has tripled the number of people responsible for ensuring safety and security at Facebook.
"Today, out of 35,000 people working on safety and security, about 15,000 are content reviewers. This includes people who have the capacity to review content that is flagged to us in Bangla," reads the release.