Facebook Asks Users, 'Does This Post Contain Hate Speech?'

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02 May, 2018

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And now Twitter is getting all the laughs over a Facebook hate speech update gone wrong.

The only issue: some users reported seeing the feature on every single piece of user-generated content in their feeds, including advertisements.

The glitch was resolved before 12 p.m. and the question no longer appeared on a News Feed seen by Business Insider.

"Does this post contain hate speech?" the site asks, giving two options: "Yes" or "No".

The "hate speech" question appeared for less than 30 minutes before disappearing by noon ET.

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But it soon disappeared and now Facebook's VP of product management says it was just a bug.

And for the Family Research Council.

You would think that they would have already clearly defined the term given that if you look carefully through the post settings you will find the option to report the post for hate speech as well as other options like nudity, self-harm, false news and spam. Presumably, the feature - once completed - will only appear when triggered by certain words or phrases. "What the heck Facebook?"

The premature launch was blamed on a "bug".

As for hate speech, it is a problem across social media-on Twitter and YouTube, too-where the platforms walk a fine line between preventing abuse and restricting speech.

A Facebook spokesperson told Gizmodo the company was conducting an "internal test" to "understand different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate".


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