Oct 18, 2021

Facebook denies weak performance on hateful content

Facebook has denied allegations that its algorithms only remove a small number of posts containing hate speech. In March 2021, an internal assessment allegedly discovered that Facebook's automated takedown efforts were eliminating posts generating only an estimated 3 to 5% of total views of hate speech. Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice-president of integrity, wrote in a blog post that a different metric should be used to evaluate Facebook's progress in this area. Mr Rosen pointed out that the prevalence of hate speech on Facebook - the amount of such material viewed on the site - has fallen as a percentage of all content viewed by users. On Monday, Facebook's vice-president of global affairs, Nick Clegg - the former UK deputy prime minister, added his voice to Facebook's pushback.

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