Facebook: “There is no special relationship” with Chicago Police

A Facebook spokesperson said this evening, regarding statements made by a Chicago police officer at the International Association of Chiefs of Police about work by his department with Facebook, mentioning CSO Joe Sullivan, to block posters of criminal material to the social media site, that the company responds to all reports of content equally, including those by law enforcement.

Facebook also tells me that although the IACP’s original schedule notes that CSO Sullivan would speak, that this is a mistake and they “haven’t yet been able to figure out” what caused his name to appear there.


“Content reported by law enforcement is subject to the same review applied to reports from anyone using Facebook. There is no special partnership. We evaluate these reports based on our community standards, and as always, may remove information that violates our policies.”

Given the very specific comments of the officer at the panel last Monday, this implies that the practice of blocking users by device ID is not a novel one.



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