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Facebook is changing its ‘race-blind’ hate speech algorithm to prioritise flagging content it deems ‘the worst of the worst,’ after backlash over removing Black users’ posts

Facebook is changing the way that it flags and removes hate speech, in order to prioritise the ‘worst of the worst,’ such as anti-Black, LGBT, or Muslim content. Facebook’s proactive technology won’t automatically flag posts declaring, “Men are trash,” or “Americans are dumb” anymore, Facebook said. Instead, the platform is […]
Facebook is changing its ‘race-blind’ hate speech algorithm to prioritise flagging content it deems ‘the worst of the worst,’ after backlash over removing Black users’ posts
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Facebook ‘did nothing’ about violent militia and hate groups for 5 years despite being warned at least 10 times, advocacy group says

The civil-rights group Muslim Advocates is accusing Facebook of long ignoring repeated warnings that militia and hate groups are promoting violence against Muslims. Muslim Advocates published a timeline Wednesday of 10 instances since 2015 in which it said it alerted the company to militias and hate groups using Facebook events […]
Facebook ‘did nothing’ about violent militia and hate groups for 5 years despite being warned at least 10 times, advocacy group says
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Twitter has shut down former KKK leader David Duke’s account

The Twitter account of David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has been permanently suspended.. A Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider the suspension was for “for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct,” and was in line with recently updated policy on tweeting “harmful links.” Asked […]
Twitter has shut down former KKK leader David Duke’s account
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Civil-rights groups are calling their meeting with Facebook execs a ‘disappointment’ and say the company isn’t ready to address the platform’s ‘vitriolic hate’

Facebook’s top executives met Tuesday with civil-rights groups, hoping to address their concerns about the company’s approach to hate speech on its platform. But the groups called the meeting a “disappointment” and said it became clear that Facebook “is not yet ready to address the vitriolic hate on their platform.” […]
Civil-rights groups are calling their meeting with Facebook execs a ‘disappointment’ and say the company isn’t ready to address the platform’s ‘vitriolic hate’
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Mark Zuckerberg reportedly said Facebook is ‘not gonna change’ in response to a boycott by more than 500 advertisers over the company’s hate-speech policies

Mark Zuckerberg told employees last week that Facebook was “not gonna change” in response to the growing advertiser boycott over its hate-speech policies, The Information reported Wednesday. Zuckerberg called the boycott a “reputational” issue, saying it threatened only a “small per cent” of Facebook’s revenue and predicting advertisers would return […]
Mark Zuckerberg reportedly said Facebook is ‘not gonna change’ in response to a boycott by more than 500 advertisers over the company’s hate-speech policies
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Facebook is cracking down on anti-government extremist ‘boogaloos,’ but it has reportedly been profiting off boogaloo ads calling for violence for months

Facebook on Tuesday banned hundreds of accounts and groups associated with the “boogaloo” movement, designating a subset of the anti-government extremist network as “violent.” But Facebook took money from boogaloo-affiliated advertisers for several months before its ban, BuzzFeed News reported. Some of those ads suggest violence, despite Facebook’s claims that […]
Facebook is cracking down on anti-government extremist ‘boogaloos,’ but it has reportedly been profiting off boogaloo ads calling for violence for months