meta: Meta withdraws Ukraine was a request for guidance on content policy

Facebook parent A half Platforms Inc said Wednesday that it has withdrawn a request for political guide by its supervisory board on content moderation of posts related to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

“This decision was not taken lightly: the PAO (political advisory opinion) was withdrawn due to continuing security concerns “, the
the company said in a blog post.

The board, which can make binding decisions on specific thorny appeals for content moderation and provide policy recommendations, said it was “disappointed” by the decision.

A spokesperson for Meta declined to provide more information on the policies he was seeking guidance on or specific concerns.

Russia banned Facebook and Instagram in March, pleading Meta guilty of “extremist activity” in the midst of Moscow’s social media crackdown during its invasion of Ukraine. The Meta WhatsApp messaging service is not affected by the ban. Russia has also slowed down Twitter slowing down its service.

Meta’s supervisory board, which includes academics, lawyers and lawyers, was created by the company as an independent body to rule on a small fraction of content moderation cases, but can also advise on site policies.

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“While the board understands these concerns, we believe the request raises important issues and we are disappointed with the company’s decision to withdraw it,” the supervisory board said in a tweet Wednesday.

“The importance for the company of defending freedom of expression and human rights has only increased.”

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