Facebook Is Allowing Graphic Content If Images Are Newsworthy
Be careful opening Facebook on your work computers because your news feed is about to get a little more graphic than usual.
In a recent post written by Facebook's official blog, the social media platform says it's becoming less strict about publishing graphic images.
The only catch is users will only be able to post NSFW images if they're considered "newsworthy" -- so get your minds out of the gutter.
The new rule was encouraged after a Pulitzer-prize winning photo of a naked Vietnamese child running through a field was banned by Facebook.
Apparently, Facebook claimed the photo could be considered "child porn." In reality, it was a valuable image used to report the news.
In my opinion, Facebook's new outlook on graphic content will be beneficial in knowing the uncensored version of what's actually happening in the world. We're all adults -- we can handle it.
Facebook's blog post regarding the matter said,
In recent weeks, we have gotten continued feedback from our community and partners about our Community Standards and the kinds of images and stories permitted on Facebook.
They continued, saying,
In the weeks ahead, we're going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards.
Look at you go, Facebook! Taking chances and whatnot! The post explains,
We will work with our community and partners to explore exactly how to do this, both through new tools and approaches to enforcement. Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.
So no need to worry -- you won't be seeing your old high school acquaintance's dick pics while scrolling through your feed.
You just might see more graphic content than you're used to, but it'll be content that's important and valuable to see.
Bring it on, Facebook!