Facebook says it’s getting better at removing hate speech
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 17, 2018,
Nov 17, 2018, 2:44
The exhaustive report detailing how Facebook has navigated its most serious crisis to date, came a day after the company announced it had shut down more accounts aimed at influencing the USA midterm election earlier this month, exploring a possible link to Russian Federation.
He added that the firm's tactics "might be normal in Washington, but it's not something I want Facebook to be associated with".
If implemented as well as Facebook claims it will, this could indeed be considered as a huge change.
According to the New York Times, Facebook employed Definers, a DC-based PR company that attempted to blame George Soros for the anti-Facebook movement "Freedom from Facebook" because it wanted to divert attention from the scandal around the so-called foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, hate speech and the Cambridge Analytica revelations.
The story suggested that Sandberg and Zuckerberg weren't as involved with the serious issues facing the company as they should have been. Following the Times investigation, Facebook ended its relationship with Definers, Facebook said in a blog post Thursday.
A letter to Zuckerberg signed by four Democratic senators expressed concern over the latest revelations and raised the prospect of tough regulation of social media.
But it said it did not pay Definers to attack Apple. Some reporters on the call remarked on what appeared to be a lack of enforcement of what was considered "bullying" - about 2.1 million incidents from July to September - since Facebook announced its new anti-bullying rules in March.
The massive Times report - a 6,000 word beast, boasting five bylines - catalogues how CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg sought to contain the fallout from a series of disinformation and privacy scandals. Facebook "improves in the identification of the content issues before someone does report them, in particular hate speech and publications violent", stresses the company.
He conceded that while Facebook had "made significant progress in the a year ago...we still have a lot of work ahead".
Soros has criticised Facebook's approach to hate speech and propaganda on its global platform.
What has the reaction been?
It said it had seen an internal survey taken by 29,000 employees that reported only half were "optimistic" about the company's future, a fall of 32 percentage points from the previous year.
"There are broad questions about the role that Facebook is playing in the integrity of our elections, our democracy", Gaspard told National Public Radio. Facebook however had always maintained a moderate view.
"Congress should get to work enacting new laws to hold concentrated economic power to account".
We knew that Facebook's handling of its recent crises had been inept. It's just been a decade now since the start of facebook and it has gathered more than 2.2 people around the global at the worldwide level who have shaped themselves in the form of different political campaigns and different advertising businesses also their personal routine lives around the world.