- Facebook on Tuesday started to ask some users whether posts on their News Feed contained “hate speech.”
- It appeared to be a glitch, as the question appeared below every single post on some users’ feeds.
- Facebook said that it was “an internal test” and that a bug caused it to accidentally launch publicly.
Around 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, people started to notice an odd new question on Facebook.
For every post on some people’s News Feed, Facebook asked whether it contained “hate speech.”
We observed the glitch on one of Business Insider’s accounts. Here’s what it looked like:
The glitch was resolved before noon, and the question no longer appeared on one News Feed that Business Insider saw.
“This was an internal test we were working on to understand different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate,” a Facebook representative told Business Insider. “A bug caused it to launch publicly. It’s been disabled.”
CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to one day have artificial-intelligence algorithms handle much of Facebook’s content-moderation needs. AI needs data for training, so users identifying hate speech may be useful in developing those.
Here’s how people on Twitter reacted to the question:
Facebook — an industry leader in Artificial Intelligence who thinks that AI is going to solve all of its problems — is asking me if this post contains hate speech pic.twitter.com/4MqrGw8PFj
— brian feldman (@bafeldman) May 1, 2018
— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) May 1, 2018
Hey @facebook, I just clicked "YES" on an NBC news video about the Catholic Church containing hate speech.
It then gave me these options:
1. Hate Speech
2. Test P1
3. Test P2
4. Test P3
Maybe please stop being terrible & so, so stupid. pic.twitter.com/pQ1lyVr3FW
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 1, 2018
Facebook is censoring my account. Asking if my post contains "Hate Speech"
Give me a break. Opposing Radical Islam is NOT Hate Speech. pic.twitter.com/MNUBIWtXML
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) May 1, 2018
Facebook is now asking people if posts on their feed "contain hate speech." Just imagine how abused this is going to be in a world that believes disagreement is hate?
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) May 1, 2018
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