Facebook commits to addressing its hate speech problem

Facebook to delete 66K 'hate speech' posts per week in crackdown

Facebook to delete 66K 'hate speech' posts per week in crackdown

Facebook trains its thousands of content moderators to delete hate speech directed at so-called "protected categories" of people such as race, sex, gender, and religious affiliation. In total, Facebook takes down over 288,000 posts containing hate speech every month.

Monika Bickert, Facebook's Director of Global Police Management and Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Policy Manager, said in their latest blog post, "We agree with those who say that social media should not be a place where terrorists have a voice". While this is clearly a provocative statement on its face, should it be considered hate speech? Sometimes it's appallingly obvious when hate speech is just that.

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. Facebook's guidelines for moderating hate speech were revealed Wednesday after ProPublica investigated how and why the social network created, implemented and instituted their moderation system.

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.

Facebook is hiring thousands of employees to combat the "hate speech" on its site, saying they now delete 66,000 posts reported as hate speech each week. "Often there are close calls - and too often we get it wrong".

Allan cited an instance involving Shaun King, the renowned New York-based activist and writer who posted hate mail that included slurs.

Facebook is experimenting with technology to "filter the most obviously toxic language", Allan said, noting the company is still "a long way" from being able to rely on AI and machine learning to tackle hate speech.

Facebook Inc. says it has 4,500 workers reviewing posts and plans to hire 3,000 more in the next year.

However, they also acknowledge that they've made mistakes.

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