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Facebook expands harassment policy

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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook will expand its policies on harassment in its latest change following congressio­nal testimony from a whistleblo­wer who accused the social media giant of not doing enough to stop harmful content.

Under its new, more detailed harassment policy, Facebook will bar content that degrades or sexualises public figures, including celebritie­s, elected officials and others in the public eye.

Existing policies already prohibit similar content about private individual­s.

Another change will add more protection­s from harassment to government dissidents, journalist­s and human rights activists around the world.

Lastly, the company announced it will ban all co-ordinated harassment, in which a group of individual­s work together to bully another user. That change will apply to all users.

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