Meta prohibits sharing of private residential addresses that are ‘publicly available’

Deepak Gupta April 11, 2022
Updated 2022/04/11 at 8:13 AM

Since Facebook became Meta, Mark Zuckerberg’s company has implemented several new measures. And the most recent one aims to ban the sharing of private residential addresses, even if they are publicly available.

This change follows the recommendations of the Supervisory Board, so that even if the addresses are published, users will no longer be able to share them on the various platforms of the brand.

According to the information provided by the The Vergethe goal updated the data regarding the publication of addresses and has now included that it will follow the recommendations of the Supervisory Board and remove an exception that allowed users to share the address of someone's private residence, as long as it was "publicly available".

Measure arises due to doxing concerns

This decision by Mark Zuckerberg's company comes a year after the brand asked the Supervisory Board to review its handling of private residential information. The Council, in turn, issued a response in February, asking for the Meta to be tougher in its policies regarding private residential addresses, due to concerns related to doxing.

For those who don't know, doxing is, in short, a virtual practice that consists of researching and transmitting private data about a particular subject or an organization.

The social networks Facebook and Instagram already have some rules that prevent the publication of someone's home address. But Meta had not yet withdrawn the exception in cases where these are publicly disclosed, which, according to the company, would be their publication in five or more media, or public records.

However, this will now be changed and Zuckerberg's company adds that this same exception will be withdrawn by the end of the year.

In addition, there is also a change in publications with photographs of the exterior of private residences. Meta says it will not take action if "the property depicted is the focus of a news story”, unless it is “shared in the context of the organization of protests against the resident”. It will also allow photos of the exterior of public residences belonging to senior executives, such as heads of state or ambassadors.

You can see the changes implemented on here.

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