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Facebook will implement its own vision of satire

Satire is what Facebook will decide satire is - period

18.Jun.21 7:51 AM
By Abigail Richards


Facebook will implement its own vision of satire
Facebook is going to change its terms of use to clarify how the platform handles satire. The social medium does so following a recommendation from the oversight Board, the Supervisory Board of the platform.

The council ruled last month that a satirical meme about the Armenian genocide is still allowed on Facebook. The image was previously removed by the platform because it would be too rude and incite hatred and discrimination.

A meme is an image with text that is intended to be funny and often repeated. The picture shows a man who has to choose between two buttons. The man's face has been replaced by the Turkish flag. One choice is "deny the Armenian genocide" and the other is "the Armenians were terrorists who deserved it".

During the First World War, an attempt (quite successful) was made to exterminate the Armenian population. Turkey denies that there was genocide. The Oversight Board ruled that the person who posted the image is asking attention to the problem and does not discriminate against Armenians.

According to the Supervisory Board, Facebook had previously announced an exception for satire. However, this policy was not included in the terms of use. Facebook says it will change the terms.

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