Preparing for a Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin
As the trial of Derek Chauvin draws to a close, we are doing what we can to prepare for the verdict. This means preventing online content from being linked to offline harm and doing our part to keep our community safe.
This includes identifying and removing calls to bring arms to areas in Minneapolis, which we have temporarily deemed to be a high-risk location. We are also working to protect the memory of George Floyd and members of the Floyd family from harassment and abuse. Under our policies, we will remove content that praises, celebrates or mocks George Floyd’s death.
Removing Content that Violates Our Community Standards
We will allow people to discuss, critique and criticize the trial and the attorneys involved. We will remove content that violates our Community Standards, including our policies against hate speech, bullying and harassment, graphic violence, and violence and incitement. As we have done in emergency situations in the past, we may also limit the spread of content that our systems predict is likely to violate our Community Standards in the areas of hate speech, graphic violence, and violence and incitement.
Protections for Public Figures vs Private Individuals
Our policies against bullying and harassment distinguish between public figures and private individuals. For involuntary public figures and private individuals, our protections go further. We consider George Floyd an involuntary public figure which is why we apply a higher level of protection to content about his death.
Limiting Misinformation and Graphic Content
As with all high-profile events, we are taking extra steps to limit misinformation. This includes using several tools to ensure that potential misinformation is flagged to our network of third-party fact-checking partners. For content that is graphic or may be difficult for some people to see, we will mark them as disturbing or sensitive.
Apr 22, 2021 at 11:14