Social Media Policies

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".

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-07-08T20:59:23+00:00
Facebook removes accounts linked to Bolsonaro's family
Screenshot of a post by one of the accounts
Screenshot of a post by one of the accounts Credit: Facebook Reproduction

Facebook announced Wednesday the removal of 35 accounts, 14 Pages, 1 Group and 38 Instagram accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior in Brazil. Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, Facebook investigation found links to individuals associated with the Social Liberal Party and some of the employees of the offices of Anderson Moraes, Alana Passos, Eduardo Bolsonaro, Flavio Bolsonaro and Jair Bolsonaro.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-30T18:46:01+00:00
Youtube bans six "supremacist" channels over hate speech including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke
Youtube bans six "supremacist" channels over hate speech including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke
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YouTube has banned six channels of known YouTubers including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Richard Spender over hate speech. According to YouTube the channels linked to off-platform hate content and made claims of inferiority about a protected group. In an official statement, the company said that they "have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies" since updating their "guidelines to better address supremacist content".

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."

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."