US Fact check: A viral image of restaurant diners does not depict the Facebook content policy team

03:50  01 may  2021
03:50  01 may  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The claim: Image shows the team that sets Facebook's community standards

An April 13 Facebook post is giving a false look at the people who help moderate the platform.

“Facebook community standards team,” it claims. “This is literally who bans us.”

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The corresponding image shows 13 people sitting at a restaurant table. Several of the restaurant-goers wear blue lanyards around their necks. Due to poor photo resolution, neither the logo on the lanyard nor the restaurant name on the menus is readable.

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The Facebook user who posted the photo did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Image has been posted many times since 2018

Social media users have shared this photo in an attempt to make fun of various groups over the past several years.

In July 2018, a Reddit user posted the image to make fun of the staff at Twitch. This 2020 Imgur post describes the restaurant-goers as various video game characters.

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A reverse image search for the image traced its earliest online appearance to a July 9, 2018, Imgur post. According to the post, the Facebook page Flat Earth Believers posted the same photo. Flat Earth Believers described the image as a monthly “flat earth meet up.” The image has since been removed.

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There is no evidence the page is related to the team that sets Facebook’s community standards. USA TODAY reached out to Flat Earth Believers for comment.

Facebook's content policy team sets its community standards

Facebook’s content policy team sets its community standards that outline what is and is not allowed on Facebook."

“These policies are based on feedback from our community and the advice of experts in fields such as technology, public safety and human rights,” Facebook explains on its website.

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In a 2018 press release, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, explained that the community standards were developed by the content policy team, which at the time had 11 offices around the world. Bickert and Neil Potts, Facebook vice president of public policy, are seen in photos here and a video here.

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Facebook declined to address the post.

Our rating: False

We rate the claim that a viral image shows the team that sets Facebook's community standards FALSE because it is not supported by our research. The image in question has been posted many times since 2018 claiming to depict various groups. There is no evidence the individuals in the photo are related to Facebook's content policy team, which sets its community standards

Our fact-check sources:

  • Reddit, u/AlmogFX, July 13, 2018, "A rare picture of twitch staff at their meetup"
  • Imgur, Jan. 6, 2020, "CHOOSE YOUR FIGHTER"
  • BUTFOXNEWSSS, July 9, 2018, Imgur post
  • Flat Earth Believers, accessed April 28, Facebook page search
  • Facebook, accessed April 30, Community Standards
  • Facebook, accessed April 30, Understanding Community Standards
  • Facebook, Monika Bickert, April 24, 2018, Publishing Our Internal Enforcement Guidelines and Expanding Our Appeals Process
  • Facebook Careers, Feb. 20, 2019, Product & Content Policy at Facebook: How We Build Safe Communities
  • Facebook App, April 9, 2019, Writing Facebook's Rulebook

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The Problem Is Facebook

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: A viral image of restaurant diners does not depict the Facebook content policy team

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