July 3, 2017
Facebook announced last week it was hiring thousands of staffers for the sole purpose of hunting down hate speech on its platform.
This big move is a natural step for a company that is facing intense pressurefrom European countries to crack down on this phenomenon. But it begs the question: what does Facebook consider hate speech?
“Our current definition of hate speech is anything that directly attacks people based on what are known as their ‘protected characteristics’ — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, or serious disability or disease,” Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice president of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, stated in the company’s Tuesday announcement.
However, Allan admitted, “There is no universally accepted answer for when something crosses the line.”
While Facebook claims they aren’t trying to censor political views in this endeavor, they are clearly going to censor political views judging by their definition.
This article was posted: Monday, July 3, 2017 at 8:08 am