Posted September 09, 2018 05:11:10Facebook has been accused of “failing to prevent the spread of hate speech,” in a blog post by the organization that runs the platform.
The blog post, titled “Facebook is failing to combat hate speech in the U.S.,” was published by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, who has written about the platform’s shortcomings.
He said Facebook failed to prevent violent extremist groups, who had been targeting U.K. Muslims, from spreading on the platform in 2016, when a gunman killed eight people in London.
“Facebook’s failure to prevent and address violent extremist activity in the United States is deeply troubling,” Goldberg wrote.
“It means that the site has enabled the spread and promotion of hateful and violent ideologies.
Facebook has been complicit in this failure to protect the American people from the harms of hateful ideologies.”
Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has promised to “do everything we can to prevent this from happening again,” including expanding policies to address “hate speech” and combating extremist propaganda.
“We have a long-standing commitment to fighting hate in all of its forms, including by removing offensive content from our platform,” Zuckerberg wrote in a statement.
“But when hateful content spreads across the internet, we cannot prevent it from spreading, so we are working hard to remove hate from Facebook as quickly as possible.
That means that when people share content that they know is offensive, we will remove it from our site, including in the comments section.
We have an unprecedented level of trust in Facebook and are committed to making it easier for people to report hate and offensive content.”
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