February 24, 2012

Facebook Abuse Standards Leaked

A low-paid outsourced content screener in Morocco has apparently leaked the “Abuse Standards” guidelines that are in effect at Facebook. Gawker.com published the next update to those standards shortly after releasing the originally-leaked document (these were versions 6.1 and 6.2).

Without commenting on the appropriateness of the rules as we now know them, I want to ask whether Facebook has become, to a certain extent, perhaps like Google, a public infrastructure, given its ubiquity and people’s reliance on it. If it is to a degree a venue of the public sphere, shouldn’t the public have a role in determining these policies?