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Facebook Gives Us the First Real Look at Its Cesspool of Terrorist Propaganda and Hate Speech

Although Facebook’s ability to track and remove terrorist content was one of his favourite talking points when CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress last month, a new report from the social media network shows that there’s still a lot of work to do. The company’s first content moderation report, released Tuesday, finds that it’s removing significantly more hate speech, propaganda, graphic violence, and sexual content. Read More >>

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Facebook Accidentally Asked Users If Every Single Post in Their Feed Contained Hate Speech

For a brief period earlier today, Facebook asked at least some of its users to report whether every single post in their feed contained hate speech. Right above where one would normally like or comment on a post, Facebook users were asked: “Does this post contain hate speech?” For users who saw this request today, it appeared on all user-generated posts within the newsfeed and even on advertisements. Read More >>

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Reddit CEO Confirms Racial Slurs Are Just Fine on His Site

In the midst of Mark Zuckerberg’s hours-long testimony before the US Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees, Reddit dropped its 2017 transparency report. It contained a list of nearly 1,000 user accounts the company believed were involved with the Russia-backed Internet Research Agency—and unlike other social media companies, Reddit has also preserved those banned accounts’ posts for review by any user. But the more alarming admission was made by CEO Steve Huffman in the comments below. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Deluded If He Thinks AI Can Solve Facebook’s Hate Speech Problem

Artificial intelligence is all the rage these days, so naturally we want to throw it at all of our problems. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comment that Facebook won’t have effective tools to filter hate speech for another “five to 10 years” seemed both dismissive and uninspiring. No doubt, it was classic Silicon Valley speak for “we haven’t got a clue,” but Zuck wasn’t being completely unreasonable. Read More >>

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Facebook Has Banned Britain First, and Removed Their Pages

Back in December Facebook was on the receiving end of some flack over the Britain First Facebook pages, particularly after Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the far-right hate group. At the time Facebook said it was "reviewing" the page, noting that the company was “very cautious about political speech”. Now, though, it's made the decision to ban the group's page, and prevent them from starting a new one. Read More >>

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Sri Lanka Blocked Facebook This Week for Allegedly Spreading Hate Speech and Violence

The government of Sri Lanka ordered internet and mobile service providers to temporarily block Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as separate messaging service Viber, this week as part of a crackdown on what officials said was rampant online hate speech fuelling real-life violence. Read More >>

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Europe to Facebook and Google: Remove Illegal Content in One Hour (We’re Serious This Time!)

The European Union really wants tech companies to get their shit together when it comes to policing content on their platforms. Today, it issued new guidelines for how companies like Twitter, Google, and Facebook should handle illegal content on its European websites: quickly, proactively, and with human oversight. Read More >>

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Germany’s New Social Media Hate Speech Law is Now Being Enforced

2017 was the year public sentiment began to turn against massive tech conglomerates like Facebook and Google. But nowhere in the West has the backlash been bigger than Germany, which last year passed a sweeping anti-hate speech law requiring websites to promptly investigate reports of posts illegal under German law and delete them. On January 1st, 2018, the grace period before that law would begin being enforced by authorities expired. Read More >>

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New German Law Forces Facebook To Remove Hate Speech or Pay Over £43.8 Million

Germany’s parliament just passed a law that forces social media sites to quickly take down illegal and slanderous content or face a fine of €50 million (£43.8 million). The new rule affects Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other sites with more than 2 million users. Read More >>

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Leaked Facebook Rules Reveal Why It Won’t Protect Black Children From Hate Speech

On Wednesday, ProPublica published dozens of startling training documents reportedly used by Facebook to train moderators on hate speech. As the trove of slides and quizzes reveals, Facebook uses a warped, one-sided reasoning to balance policing hate speech against users’ freedom of expression on the platform. This is perhaps best summarised by the above image from one of its training slideshows, wherein Facebook instructs moderators to protect “White Men,” but not “Female Drivers” or “Black Children.” Read More >>

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EU Finalising Laws To Remove Extremist Videos From Twitter, YouTube and Facebook

There's always a fine line to tread between freedom of speech and blocking content designed to incite hatred and violence against a specific group or groups of people. The EU is about to enshrine a line of some kind in law though, as it finalises plans to require internet companies to block extreme content. Read More >>

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EU to Facebook and Twitter: Crack Down on Hate Speech, Or Else

On Sunday, the European Commission warned Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Microsoft that if the companies do not address their hate speech problems, the EU will enact legislation that will force them to do so. Read More >>

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Twitter Is Testing Ways to Squeeze Even More Vile Racist Shit Into a Single Tweet

If you’ve used Twitter long enough, you’ve probably run into this classic conundrum. You’re typing out a repulsive, potentially racist, thinly veiled death threat to send to an actor, political commentator, or the person you’re currently stalking. Read More >>

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Stan Collymore Accuses Twitter of Putting Profits Before Morals Over Racism Row

Internet trolls; whether on message boards, social media sites or even in online games, we've all faced them. But are the owners of web services really doing enough to stamp them out? After receiving a barrage of racist abuse and even death threats, ex-footballer Stan Collymore has called out Twitter as preferring to protect its bank balance rather than its users. Read More >>