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Meta users will no longer be able to share addresses of others

Goal It will no longer allow users to share people’s addresses even though that information is publicly available. Until now, this option was in force, but following the recommendations of the Supervisory Board, the company decided to eliminate this possibility in order to provide more privacy and security to its users.

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What is the Supervisory Board? This entity launched in 2020 and includes a diverse set of members who provide external guidance on Meta’s moderation decisions and policies across all of its platforms.

The company is not bound by any of the decisions made by the Supervisory Board, but must respond to each of its recommendations, as happened in this case. The objective of this meeting is to provide options and ideas to improve certain aspects of the platform related to security, privacy, etc.

No one could share any kind of address, only personal

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It should be noted that Facebook and Instagram prohibit users from sharing the user’s home address, however posts containing “publicly available addresses” were not prevented until now. That is, any address that has been published in five or more media outlets or made available in public records. Meta says it will end this exception “by the end of the year.”

“As the board notes in this recommendation, removing the exception for ‘publicly available’ private residential information may limit the availability of this information on Facebook and Instagram when it is still publicly available elsewhere. However, we recognize that implementing this recommendation may strengthen privacy protections on our platforms.

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This decision comes nearly a year after Meta asked the Oversight Board to weigh in on its handling of private residential information. The Board issued a response, asking the company to tighten its policies around the sharing of private home addresses, as a precautionary measure to prevent doxingwhich is the practice of disclosing personal information online (address, full name, documents, etc) that could be used to threaten or harass someone.

In relation to the latter, the organization said that it is actively building new channels for users to obtain support., and is already associated with more than 850 organizations that victims can contact for help. Such organizations include the Revenge Porn Helpline in the UK and the National Network to End Domestic Violence in the US.

Besides, Meta is changing its rules regarding posts that include photos of the exterior of private homes. The company says it will not take action if “the property depicted is the focus of a story,” unless it is “shared in the context of organizing protests against the resident.”

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It will also allow users to share the exterior of publicly owned residences belonging to “high-ranking officials,” as heads of state or ambassadors. And while Meta says it will continue to allow users to post their own addresses, it won’t allow other users to share them, as “it’s often impossible to tell if a resident has consented to allowing someone else to share their addresses.” private address.”

In turn, the company is testing a way to make the “Privacy Violation” reporting option easier to find. Instead of clicking through two menus and searching for the specific option, Meta says it will try to make the option more obvious and easier to locate.

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