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Facebook Struggles Against Hate Speech and Misinformation, Fails to Take Actions


In the last month, FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others met with civil rights activists to discuss FB's way of dealing with the rising hate speeches on the platform. The activists were not too happy about Facebook's failure to deal with hate speeches and misinformation. As it seems, the civil rights group took an 'advertising boycott' action against the social media giant and expressed their stark criticism. According to these civil groups, they have had enough with Mark Zuckerberg's incompetency to deal with white supremacy, propaganda, and voters suppression on FB.


This move to boycott Facebook came as a response to Donald Trump's recent statement on FB. Trump said that anti-racism protesters should be treated with physical violence, and he also spread misinformation about mail-in voting. FB, however, denies these allegations, saying these posts didn't violate community policies. Even after such incidents, the company ensures that everything's alright, and it just needs to toughen up its enforcement actions.

"Facebook stands firmly against hate. Being a platform where everyone can make their voice heard is core to our mission, but that doesn't mean it's acceptable for people to spread hate. It's not. We have clear policies against hatred – and we constantly strive to get better and faster at enforcing them. We have made real progress over the years, but this work is never finished, and we know what a big responsibility Facebook has to get better at finding and removing hateful content." "Later this morning, Mark and I, alongside our team, are meeting with the organizers of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign followed by a meeting with other civil rights leaders who have worked closely with us on our efforts to address civil rights," said COO Sheryl Sandberg in her FB post.

In another incident, FB refused to take action against T. Raja Singh, an Indian politician from BJP. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company didn't apply its hate speech policies on Raja's Islamophobic remarks. FB employees admitted that the politicians' statements were enough to terminate his FB account. The company refused to, as according to the FB executive in India, could hurt FB's business in India.

Facebook Monitors Users' Offline Behaviour





Facebook is now tracking its user's offline activity to keep a log of suspected 'hate agents’.

A document, titled “Hate Agent Policy Review,” was obtained by Breitbart News, from a source inside Facebook. It outlines a series of rules and regulations that would determine if someone is a  ‘hate agent’ or not.

The social media giant will monitor users activity on other websites and even their private lives, such as whether they have a 'hate symbol' tattoo or not. 

According to this memo ex-UKIP MEP candidate Carl Benjamin among Facebook's hate agents.

Facebook’s spokesperson said to MailOnline, ’As our Community Standards make clear, we’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of their ideology or motivation. 

'The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and we consider a number of different signals.' 


However, Facebook has pledged to bans all individuals and organizations engaging in violence or hate, regardless of ideological motivations.

YouTube to remove extreme views videos



YouTube is planning to take strict action to curb hate speech, extremist views, and false content on its platform after facing criticism over its way of handling harmful videos. 

In a blog post published on Wednesday, the firm said  they will soon take strict steps to remove the videos and channel from its platform that promote violence and extremism. There are many videos and channel available on the platform that support white supremacy and glorify the Nazi’s.

It is speculated that the action would remove thousands of channels and videos that violate its newly established policies to curb harmful videos. 

The video sharing site says that the new policy will be implemented from today, but could take several months to ‘fully ramp up.’

YouTube added that they will add more new categories in the  policy 'over the next several months.' 

'Today, we're taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status,' the company wrote in post to its site.

'This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. 

'Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place,' YouTube added.