NEWS & ANALYSIS

Facebook Reveals its Censorship Strategy


Facebook released an update to its Content Distribution Guidelines Thursday, giving an inside look into how the Big Tech mogul decides which content to push versus suppress. 

Facebook has previously provided some details on the types of content that get reduced distribution on the site’s news feed, but the updated guidelines provide more clarity and accessibility, the Director of Product Management announced, per the Daily Signal. 

“The Content Distribution Guidelines make it clear what content receives reduced distribution on News Feed because it’s problematic or low quality,” Anna Stepanov wrote. 

The guidelines list types of content that Facebook suppresses, like clickbait, unoriginal or low-quality content, and articles from publishers rated as “untrusted” by users. 

Additionally, content from untrustworthy or suspicious domains is suppressed, and content rated as “false, altered or partly false” by certified fact-checkers is censored.