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Leaked documents show how Facebook moderates the content its users post


Leaked internal Facebook documents have given the curious a sneak peak into how the social network moderates content posted to its site, Fortune reported.

For violent videos and images, employees can choose one of three actions: take no action, mark the content as "disturbing," or remove the content entirely.

The site generally allows violent imagery because of its importance for public awareness, but will remove it if it's shared with "sadism and celebration." 

The leaked documents include thousands of pages of examples of such content and have attracted attention at a time when debate over what should be allowed on the site has ramped up following recent incidents, including live killings and misleading news stories. 

The part of the documents that has stirred strong reactions thus far is a portion where Facebook sets the rules on threats of violence. The guidelines say that, in this case, an employee's goal should be to "disrupt potential real world harm."

People are generally surprised by the balancing act that goes on behind the scenes. 

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