Category Archives: Hate Speech

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Instagram users applaud new filter for blocking hurtful comments


Facebook has been criticized for building echo chambers, and it appears they aren’t done with it. The latest example is a new filter on Instagram that allows users to block hate speech, or what Facebook’s algorithms detect to be inappropriate or offensive comments. 

SEE ALSO: Instagram will now let you hide offensive comments automatically

Here we have the intriguing case study where the echo chamber — a black box of no hate — is being applauded by power users of the app. The update gives the user full control over this new echo chamber, where they can choose to let algorithms filter out potentially hateful comments.  Read more…

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This slide reveals Facebook’s cringeworthy hate speech policies


How does Facebook decide what is and is not hate speech? 

According to a new report from ProPublica, with slides that feature the Backstreet Boys.

The image below comes from the organization’s story that features a deep dive into Facebook’s moderation efforts, complete with never-before-seen documents that detail how moderators are trained. 

One of the most cringeworthy parts shows a slide asking, “Which of the below subsets do we protect?” It reads female drivers, black children, and white men. The section for white men shows a picture of the Backstreet Boys. 

The answer? The Backstreet Boys White men. Read more…

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TL;DR on Facebook’s hate speech strategy: ‘It’s hard, guys’


As Facebook works to become more transparent about its strategy to combat hate speech, one of its public policy leaders published a lengthy explainer on the process Tuesday. For all of the post’s enlightening details, though, it felt as if Facebook was saying, “Sorry, guys, it’s hard.”

Richard Allan, Facebook’s VP of Public Policy in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, took to Facebook’s blog to lay it all out as part of the platform’s “Hard Questions” series.

There’s a lot of satisfying context and background here, especially in the wake of the platform’s recent agreement to fight online extremism alongside Twitter and YouTube as well as the Online Civil Courage Initiative it unveiled earlier this year.  Read more…

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