MENLO PARK, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Facing criticism about its process and decision-making protocol regarding the suspension of accounts it considers in violation of community standards, Facebook announced today that it was adopting a new policy patterned after a Philippine law called Good Conduct and Time Allowance (GCTA).
GCTA allows those convicted of crime to be released early from jail based on demonstrated good conduct during incarceration.
Facebook said that henceforth, it will cut suspension time for those mass-reported for violation of community standards with these conditions:
- The suspended account holder must promise to post a public apology for violating FB’s community standards immediately after reinstatement of his or her account.
- The suspended account holder must submit a letter-clearance from FB fact-checking partners Rappler and Vera Files.
- The suspended account holder must submit a certificate of good moral character signed by his or her Barangay Captain.
- Submitting a letter signed by a Congressman or Senator is a plus.
Facebook says suspension time can be cut from one month to as little as 48 hours provided all the above requirements are submitted.