Facebook is currently working on addressing a surge in social turmoil on its platform by not only reviewing its policies but also dropping some recommendations which were posted on The Verge for group communities to help them address “race and social issues,” such as the Black Lives Matter protests going on in the US and other countries.
They’re logical and are clearly built in direct response to some discussions that are fast becoming increasingly political between anti-racist activism and the U.S. November presidential election.
Facebook is suggesting that groups should have administrators and moderators from “impacted communities,” for a start. And that they should also review rules and outline them for group members, even if it means forbidding certain topics or requiring post-approval.
The social media company said it also wants group admins and moderators to be open to member input, however, and they may have to accept that the nature of a group might change or even cause the creation of another group.
The decision comes as tensions in groups have grown since after George Floyd’s death and the resulting protests, and that group admins are scouting for answers.
At the same time, it’s further recognition that users want Facebook spending less time on the sidelines in general — they want to know it’s responsive to changing conditions.