Posted October 22, 2018 06:00:59Facebook is changing its Facebook Stories feature to eliminate the “people with disabilities” section, a move that critics say will limit access to information about people with disability.
The social media giant said it will also eliminate the feature for videos of people who have disabilities.
Facebook says the change will be made “over the coming weeks,” which will not impact the videos.
“The decision to remove the ‘people with disability’ section has been made in order to ensure that people with a disability can easily access information on Facebook about other people who are experiencing a disability,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
“People with a physical disability have been a key part of the Facebook community for decades.
For many of them, the social media app is their primary source of news and information.”
The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court in May ruled that the federal government had to provide a $15.9 million compensation to a man with a brain injury after he was denied disability-related benefits for years.
Facebook’s policy change comes as it tries to regain some lost audience after Facebook cut ties with one of the company’s top advertisers in May, Yahoo!
News, for not following its policies on people with mental health issues.