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Meta will implement recommendations from its Oversight Board in closing doxing loophole

Meta will use recommendations from its Oversight Board to tighten its rules on doxing on its social media platforms. The advice came after the company asked the Board to help formulate policies that address the sticky situation.

The Oversight Board has offered 17 recommendations for Meta to implement in response. However, Meta is not bound to adopt all or any of the recommendations. But it is bound to consider each of them.

Meta has already agreed to remove the hitherto exception that allowed users to upload the private residential info of other users if the details were available in public records. As the Board pointed out, obtaining data from viral social media posts differs from requests for public info.

According to its transparency blog post, “We will remove the existing “publicly available” exception to the Privacy Violations policy, while also accounting for the proposed changes in the third recommendation of this policy advisory opinion (PAO).

“As the board notes in this recommendation, removing the exception for “publicly available” private residential information may limit the availability of this information on Facebook and Instagram when it is still publicly available elsewhere. However, we recognize that implementing this recommendation can strengthen privacy protections on our platforms. We will fully implement this recommendation, as well as the Board’s recommendation that we allow the sharing of imagery that displays the external view of private residences in various scenarios, but not when there is a context of organizing protests against the resident (see recommendation 3, below).”

As for the next steps, “We will provide updates on the status of implementing these recommendations in future Quarterly Updates. We anticipate implementing this recommendation and recommendation 3 together, by the end of the year.”

Other recommendations from the Oversight Board that Meta will implement include allowing “the sharing of “imagery that displays the external view of private residences” when the property depicted is the focus of the news story, except when shared in the context of organizing protests against the resident. The Board will consider this implemented when Meta modifies its content policies.”

Meta has also agreed to allow “for the organization of protests at publicly-owned official residences on Facebook and Instagram, in cases where we can accurately identify these locations.”

At least, one recommendation will be implemented partially. The Oversight Board says, “Meta should provide users with more detail on the specific policy of the Privacy Violations Community Standard that their content was found to violate and implement it across all working languages of the company’s platforms.”

However, Meta only committed to “continue to identify and implement the best ways of providing clear, specific messaging to people when we enforce our policies, in line with our previous commitments to similar board recommendations.”

Written by HackerVibes

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