Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday May 30, 2013

Controversial, Harmful and Hateful Speech on Facebook

It looks like Facebook, in response to pressure from women's groups, will be cracking down on "controversial, harmful and hateful speech."

In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate. In some cases, content is not being removed as quickly as we want. In other cases, content that should be removed has not been or has been evaluated using outdated criteria. We have been working over the past several months to improve our systems to respond to reports of violations, but the guidelines used by these systems have failed to capture all the content that violates our standards. We need to do better آ– and we will.