Facebook commits to addressing its hate speech problem

Facebook commits to addressing its hate speech problem

These groups include those defined by race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and disabilities.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new marker was reached early Tuesday and in a Facebook post said that he’s proud of the role his company is playing in connecting people around the world.

Even Facebook admits it’s having a hard time tackling hate speech.

Also, Allen stated that Facebook still heavily relies on its users “to identify and report potential hate speech“.

President Donald Trump’s 2016 Facebook posts about banning Muslims from entering the United States violated Facebook’s internal rules on hate speech. As Dave Willner, a former Facebook content moderator who helped build the rule book, told ProPublica, the system is “more utilitarian than we are used to in our justice system …”

To illustrate the difference between protected categories and unprotected subsets, a training slide Facebook shows moderators says they should delete hate speech against white men over female drivers and black children.

“When we remove something you posted that you believe is a reasonable political view, it can feel like censorship”.

As far as hate speech goes, Facebook admits it isn’t flawless enforcing its policy, Richard Allan, the company’s vice president of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, wrote in a lengthy blog post. He said while there are some close calls, Facebook “too often” gets it wrong. “To know whether it’s a hate speech violation, more context is needed”.

He mentions the incident past year when Facebook temporarily blocked activist Shaun King after he posted a racist message he’d been sent.

It has made mistakes, the company said.

Facebook will hire an additional 3,000 people to its community operations team to aid in efforts to review posts that could violate the network’s standards, Allan added.