Meta will no longer allow the sharing of private home addresses on Facebook and Instagram

The Independent Board of Supervisors of Facebook finally considered the topic of “docking” and ordered the company to tighten its rules on how home addresses can be shared on the platform.

A year ago, Facebook’s parent company Meta asked the Supervisory Board to assess how the company handles the sharing of residential address information. In its response, the Supervisory Board called on Meta to tighten its policy regarding the sharing of private home addresses due to docking concerns.

Although Facebook and Instagram already have rules that prohibit users from sharing certain private information, including residential addresses, Meta-owned platforms take no action against posts that contain “publicly available addresses.” The company allows this information to be shared if it was already publicly available. According to the company, this applied to all addresses published by five or more news outlets or which are available in public records. However, due to the recommendations of the Supervisory Board, this exception will be revoked by the end of the year.

“Access to residential addresses can be important for journalism, civic activism and other public discourse. However, exposing this information without consent can also create a risk to the security of the individual and violate privacy, ”the company said. “As the committee 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,” Meta said in a statement. statement. “However, we understand that the implementation of this recommendation can strengthen the protection of privacy on our platforms.

Although this is a seemingly small change, it could have a big impact on user privacy. Meta will continue to allow users to share their addresses, but will not allow other users to share them again, because “it is often impossible to know if a resident has agreed to allow another person to share their private address.”

In addition, Meta is changing its response to posts that include photos of the exteriors of private homes. The company says it will not take action if “the property shown is in the focus of the news”, unless it is “shared in the context of organizing a protest against residents”. It will also allow users to share the exterior of publicly owned residences belonging to “high officials”, such as heads of state or ambassadors, and vice versa – it will allow users to organize protests at these locations.



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