Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 28, 2017

- As part of Facebook's promise to answer "hard questions", the company has published a long explanation of how it finds and removes hate speech - or at least, why it's often not very good at it.

Workers from the social media company, check posts regularly and decide whether or not to delete them.

The company have said that they are working on explaining the process better and improving its enforcement of hate speech.

The Menlo Park, California, company says it mostly relies on its almost two billion users to report any hateful posts they see. The company already has 4,500 employees dedicated to reviewing reported content.

"We know that these kinds of mistakes are deeply upsetting for the people involved and cut against the grain of everything we are trying to achieve at Facebook", said Facebook Vice President Richard Allan, in the blog post.

The deleted posts went up over the last two months. The post runs through the difficulties of defining hate speech across different countries, teaching AI to handle its nuances, and separating intentionally hateful posts from ones that describe hate speech to critique it, The Verge says.

Nearly all tech companies with a social media side are wrestling to find the balance between allowing for free speech, and tamping down on extremism. It also said it was hiring more people to monitor hate and extremism online, and to prevent its dissemination through YouTube.

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