Facebook has been under scrutiny this week after its policies dealing with sexual and violent imagery and videos were leaked and published by the Guardian, including details of guidelines on violence against children.
But it won't say whether changes to specific policies will be made as a result of the leak. The documents suggest that some images of non-sexual physical abuse and bullying of children do not have to be deleted, and Facebook says that publishing some of these can help children to be rescued. But U.K. children's charity the NSPCC told the Guardian that it wants extremist content to be taken down automatically, using algorithms.
Facebook has a team of experts who review its policies relating to all types of imagery, and it is thought that these include adapting those to societal attitudes. Context and culture are important in deciding whether to remove something, Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management, wrote in a post on the Guardian, citing the example of criticizing the monarchy, which may be acceptable in the U.K. but is illegal in other countries.
But Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's EMEA vice president, did not give specific details on whether or how it will adapt its policies relating to violence against children, when asked directly.