Breaking: Facebook promises action on gender-based hate speech.

28 May

Emily L. Hauser - In My Head

facebook-like-iconHuh! Seven days after the launch of the #FBrape campaign, Facebook has responded in just about the best possible way. From the company’s statement:

Many different groups which have historically faced discrimination in society, including representatives from the Jewish, Muslim, and LGBT communities, have reached out to us in the past to help us understand the threatening nature of content, and we are grateful for the thoughtful and constructive feedback we have received. 

…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…. We need to do better – and we will.

The statement then lists a series of concrete steps, “that we will begin rolling out immediately” — these include:

  • a review of Facebook community standards and an update to its hate speech guidelines
  • updated training for teams…

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One Response to “Breaking: Facebook promises action on gender-based hate speech.”

  1. Bonnie Russell 2013/05/28 at 10:55 pm #

    File this under, “Great Start!” As for Facebook, way too little, much too late.

    In that I vote with my feet, although I like some Dove products, I will no longer purchase Dove products or Dove stock as Dove punted during the #FBrape campaign.

    And it goes without saying I would never buy stock in Facebook – the next
    MySpace – as all these allegedly smart people couldn’t get their act together to do the morally, right thing. So really, who would expect these geniuses to get product development right?

    (Last, an investor friend of mine who bought 100 FB shares at the IPO, plans to sell
    her stock at a loss (about $800) just to get rid of the FB taint.)

    Facebook remains the gang that can’t shoot straight.

    Lean into that Sheryl Sandberg.


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