"Facebook's decision-making on content policy is routinely influenced by political considerations," claimed an internal research document at Facebook seen by MediaNama. To address this issue, employees at Facebook feel the need for a firewall between content-policy and other parts of the company, the document states. Facebook has routinely hesitated to crack down on hate speech from members of India's ruling party fearing political backlash. A firewall around the content policy team might be the only way to ensure that such interference does not occur. Facebook's failure to enforce such a separation raises questions regarding the need for external intervention. The problems with Facebook's process for content policy decisions The internal document, titled 'Political Influences on Content Policy' highlights various problems with Facebook's processes, including the involvement of Facebook's senior executives and public policy teams in content policy decisions: Content policy decisions: The…
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