Facebook, Hate Speech, And The Need For Transparency

Last week, Reuters reported that Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta Platforms had quietly revised its global hate speech policy in a series of communications to its content moderators. Under longstanding policy, threats of violence and hate targeting specific nationalities have long been banned on Facebook, but under the new guidelines, the company would now permit “violent speech that would otherwise be removed under the Hate Speech policy when: (a) targeting Russian soldiers, EXCEPT prisoners of war, or (b) targeting Russians where it’s clear that the context is the Russian invasion of Ukraine (e.g., content mentions the invasion, self-defense, etc.).”

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