Monday, 18 June, 2018

Facebook Now Deleting 66K Posts a Week in Anti-Hate Campaign

Facebook to delete 66K 'hate speech' posts per week in crackdown Facebook will hire 3000 more employees to delete hate speech posts
Frank Williams | 28 June, 2017, 21:11

This latest installment of apparent transparency arrives as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other key executives have spent this year redefining its mission.

On Tuesday, Facebook said that over the past two months, it had deleted 66,000 posts which identified as hate speech.

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

Of course, Facebook's determination of protected and unprotected classes is fraught with political and ethical problems.

When asked for comment on ProPublica's report, a Facebook spokesperson directed Business Insider to a post on Facebook's company blog about moderating hate speech that was published one day prior. If a post targets members of a protected class such as women, it will be penalized. Meanwhile, the other two examples, black children, and female drivers, in the previously described slide were in a non-protected category and as a result, hate speech comments are allowed.

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Dave Willner, a former Facebook content moderator who helped build the guidelines, told ProPublica, the social network moderating system is "more utilitarian than we are used to in our justice system ..."

"The policies do not always lead to ideal outcomes", Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global public policy, told ProPublica.

Facebook says more than 175 million people declare they "love" something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook's like button. As moderators only see the text of posts, without the wider context of the user's profile and personality, they have to make a decision based on its specific content. Facebook said its mistakes are "deeply upsetting" and "cut against the grain of everything we are trying to achieve".

The topic was the focus of the second part of Facebook's Hard Questions, a series on how the company is handling tough issues, including using artificial intelligence to fight terrorism. "We want to be very clear how seriously we take this - keeping our community safe on Facebook is critical to our mission".

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