Technology Facebook: a list of "dangerous organizations" used by its moderators made public
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In addition to the mafia and terrorist groups, the lists contain several political organizations considered as appealing to hatred, including several French far-right groups.
The American site The Intercept published, Tuesday, October 12, a list of "dangerous individuals and organizations" used by Facebook moderators. The document, which is not dated, brings together on a hundred pages a little more than 4,000 organizations and personalities, divided into several categories that determine whether these groups and their apology are tolerated or prohibited on the platform. We discern three main.
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The first brings together terrorist, criminal or racist groups considered particularly violent or dangerous. These are not only forbidden for presence on Facebook, but any message considered to be their apology or advertising must also be deleted, according to the rules transmitted to the moderation teams consulted by The Intercept.
The list used by Facebook is largely based on the classifications of the US government, which maintains its own list of organizations considered terrorists. Unsurprisingly, there is a multitude of small groupcules affiliated with the Islamic State Organization, Al Qaeda, or Hezbollah. It can also read the names of a handful of neonazis groups, as well as some European clandestine organizations. The list mentions several orangist paramilitary groups of Ireland and groupuscules such as true IRA, as well as fails related to ETA. Added to all this a list of criminal groups considered particularly violent, mainly composed of Mafias from Latin America - Brazil and Mexico in mind.
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The moderation rules are, on the other hand, a little more flexible for a list of "violent non-state actors", which constitute the second category defined by Facebook. The latter brings together paramilitary organizations leading guerrillas, including several Syrian or Chechen groups. Moderators are encouraged to tolerate messages that evoke these groups for their non-violent actions, but to remove any glorification of armed actions.Calls to hatred
The third main category brings together groups and individuals who are not directly suspected of violent actions, but whose speech encourages violence. or hatred. Facebook users are in their case authorized to discuss it broadly, but their messages are reported to the moderators as having a particular risk. Several French groups are in this list, including the group-generation, dissolved in March, whose Facebook page had been closed in 2018, or the Equality and Reconciliation movement, of Alain Soral, convicted of multiple occasions, including the Facebook page was closed in 2017; There are also neolazis or related music groups, including the French group Elsass Korps, dissolved in 2005.
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The main revelation of these documents is probably the existence, within these lists, a category "armed social movements " Very detailed, the latter comprises several hundred armed groups, all Americans. Some are linked to the American far right, others at the Pro-Weapon Boogaloo Movement; The Intercept sees in this specific classification proof that Facebook practices a moderation "Americanocentrée" and more tolerant for the American far right than for other groups.
An accusation strongly disputed by the social network, which says ranking according to the degree of dangerous groups and their behaviors. "When American groups respond to our definition of what a terrorist group is, we designate them as such (this is, for example, the case for The Base, Atomwaffen Division or National Socialist Order [three American Neonazis groups]))) Explains a spokesman for the company in The Intercept. When they respond rather to our criteria designating organizations that call on hatred, we then classify them in this way, for example the Proud Boys, the Rise Movement Above Movement, or the Patriot Front.
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