Jul 12, 2019

FB won’t impose ban based on government’s request Featured

The Face Book officials stated that they do not block or remove FB accounts, pages or contents or photographs based on requests made by governments.

They said the process adheres to the highest norms of international standards and it also adheres to our own commitments to human rights organisations and alliances.

“We are very transparent in how we engage with governments and law enforcement agencies around the world. We have the same standardised process for all government and law enforcement agencies across the world.

The process adheres to the highest norms of international standards and it also adheres to our own commitments to human rights organisations and alliances,” a Facebook spokesperson affirmed.

A government could make such a request but only through a legitimate institution. For example, in Sri Lanka government could make such requests for information or removal of content from the platform through a legally empowered agency, such as the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT).

“If a person repeatedly violates our policies, depending on the severity of violations, we would remove that page or profile. However, Facebook sends a notification to that person informing that they have violated the Facebook polices, providing an opportunity to appeal.”

“If they disagree with us, they can appeal to us. If they choose to appeal, it will go to an independent team for a second review. If that committee agrees on the violations, the profile or page won’t be restored, otherwise it will be restored with an apology,” he elaborated.

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