MIP and Facebook: Intensifying Bilateral Communication
Dmytro Zolotukhin, the Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, met with Facebook’s representatives during his working visit to London at the invitation of the U.K. Government.
Facebook's Counterterrorism Policy Manager Dr Erin Marie Saltman, Facebook's Head of Public Policy for Central and Eastern Europe Gabriella Cseh and the Deputy Minister discussed the process of improving Facebook's policies and their implementation.
The social network's representatives reassured Mr Zolotukhin that there is no conflict of interest regarding the implementation of Facebook policies, that is, Russian nationals do not moderate the content created by Ukrainian users and have no influence on the decision-making process concerning blocking and deleting content in violation of the Community Standards.
At the same time, they pledged that Facebook was working on improving its policies and their implementation. In particular, more thorough and detailed explanations of users’ violations of Community Standards will be given, and opportunities to appeal decisions on banning users’ content will be improved.
Dmytro Zolotukhin, in turn, briefed the company's representatives on cases of possible violations of freedom of speech resulting from the banning of Ukrainian journalists and bloggers, which the Ministry is deeply concerned about.
The parties agreed on maintaining exchange of information on specific cases of Ukrainian users’ banning providing that detailed information about the reasons for and circumstances of such blockings is available. If necessary, the Ministry’s representatives will be able to transmit such information about Ukrainian users’ banning for further consideration regarding violations of Facebook's Community Standards.
In addition, Dmytro Zolotukhin brought to the attention of Facebook's representatives the legal position of Ukraine regarding the terrorist activities of representatives of the so-called ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR’ and financial and other support for this terrorist activity by the Russian Federation. Ms Erin Marie Saltman emphasized that Facebook had been quite attentive to counter-terrorism issues and was carrying out large-scale activities to counter manifestations of information support for violence or violent ideology.
Among other things, the Deputy Minister and Facebook’s representatives discussed the possibility of deepening cooperation in the field of children’s online safety. In particular, La Strada, a Ukrainian non-government organization, has already become a partner to the social network with the Ministry’s assistance, providing round-the-clock advisory support to children who need help online. Another important issue of joint work is informing parents about threats and risks that children can face in social media.
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