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Technology • Internet & Web
2020-07-08T22:00:02+00:00
Auditors report that Facebook failed civil rights audit over hate speech and misinformation
Auditors report that Facebook failed civil rights audit over hate speech and misinformation
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The lawyers and civil rights experts Laura Murphy and Megan Cacace have conducted and published a 100-page civil rights audit analyzing how Facebook treats hate speech and misinformation on the platform.

The report states that "it is important to acknowledge that the Civil Rights Audit was a substantive and voluntary process and that the company used the process to listen, plan and deliver on various consequential changes that will help advance the civil rights of its users".

Though the auditors state that Facebook failed "to grasp the urgency" of the problems which will have "direct and consequential implications" on the presidential elections of the United States in November adding that "Facebook has a long road ahead on its civil rights journey".

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-07-08T10:00:01+00:00
Instagram enables 'Pinned Comments' feature to all users
Instagram's pinned comments
Instagram's pinned comments Credit: Vishal Shah (Twitter Reproduction)

Vishal Shah, Instagram's VP of product, announced all users can now pin up to three comments on their posts. The new feature allows users to "better manage the tone of the conversation".

The company started testing pinned comments back in May, alongside the ability to delete comments in bulk and choose who can tag and mention you on specific posts.

Business • Media & Advertising
2020-06-30T07:30:01+00:00
Ford, Adidas and Clorox join social media advertising boycott
Ford, Adidas and Clorox join social media advertising boycott
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Ford, Adidas and Clorox have joined a growing list of companies pausing social media advertising to take action against hate speech. Ford will not advertise on either Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter in the U.S. for the next 30 days. Clorox is pausing advertising globally on all Facebook-owned platforms until the end of the year, Adidas through July.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-29T17:50:02+00:00
Twitch temporarily suspends Donald Trump
Twitch temporarily suspends Donald Trump
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According to the independent eSports and gaming journalist Rod Breslau (alias "Slasher), Twitch has suspended the president of the United States providing him with the statement that "Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream".

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-29T17:36:20+00:00
Reddit has banned the pro-Trump subreddit "r/The_Donald"
Reddit has banned the pro-Trump subreddit "r/The_Donald"
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Reddit has deleted r/The_Donald, a popular and controversial subreddit devoted to Donald Trump with over 790,000 members. Reddit Co-Founder and CEO Steve Huffman said that r/The_Donald had consistently violated the community and content policies by harassing others with hate speech. The social networking platform is also banning another 2,000 communities from all different political spectrums, including the subreddit of the left-wing podcast "Chapo Trap House".

Reddit has further introduced new content policies and developed a new enforcement plan to tackle critical issues. The post stated that "no community should be used as a weapon," and that "communities and users that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned."

Business • Media & Advertising
2020-06-29T08:30:01+00:00
Starbucks to pause social media advertising over hate speech
Starbucks store
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Starbucks has announced to halt advertising on "all social media platforms", though the company is not joining the #StopHateForProfit boycott campaign. The coffeehouse chain further stated it would hold "discussions internally and with media partners and civil rights organizations to stop the spread of hate speech" but would continue to post on social media platforms without paid promotion.

"We believe in bringing communities together, both in person and online, and we stand against hate speech," so the company in a statement on Sunday. "We believe more must be done to create welcoming and inclusive online communities, and we believe both business leaders and policy makers need to come together to affect real change."

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-27T19:10:02+00:00
Coca-Cola joins "Stop Hate For Profit" campaign and pauses all social media advertising
Coca-Cola joins "Stop Hate For Profit" campaign and pauses all social media advertising
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The Coca-Cola Company has announced that they'll join the ongoing "Stop Hate For Profit" campaign where companies stop advertising on Facebook over the missing moderation of hate speech.

Coca-Cola will not only pause the advertisements on Facebook but across all social media platforms globally. The pause will at least go for 30 days and start July 1st. The Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey has also demanded "greater accountability and transparency from our social media partners".

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-27T10:16:01+00:00
Facebook to add labels to "problematic content" from public figures
Facebook to add labels to "problematic content" from public figures
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Facebook will start to add labels to posts from public figures if the content is violating the platform's policies but won't remove posts as they might be deemed "newsworthy". This move comes weeks after Zuckerberg criticised Twitter for adding labels to policy-violating tweets of politicians and other public figures. In response to Facebook's inaction on hate speech, many high-profile advertisers started boycotting the social network and pulling their ads.

In a post to his Facebook account, Mark Zuckerberg announced the policy change, stating: "We will soon start labeling some of the content we leave up because it is deemed newsworthy, so people can know when this is the case. We'll allow people to share this content to condemn it, just like we do with other problematic content, because this is an important part of how we discuss what's acceptable in our society -- but we'll add a prompt to tell people that the content they're sharing may violate our policies."

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-15T13:20:02+00:00
Facebook blocks article from "The Guardian" and bans users through automated anti-nudity system

The social media network has blocked a link of the British daily newspaper "The Guardian" on the grounds of nudity because the preview image of the article contained a historical photo of Aboriginal men in chains even though it did not show naked people. Facebook took down the post of at least one user and multiple are reporting that they are unable to share the link even after a Facebook spokesperson apologized for the "mistake" made by an automated system.