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Facebook moderators ‘keep child abuse online’

Graphic videos showing children being abused remain on Facebook despite numerous requests to have them removed, an undercover film has suggested.

Moderators also do not remove posts that violate hate speech and routinely ignore posts from children who may be under-age.

The allegations are made in a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary.

Facebook said mistakes had been made and the staff involved had been “retrained”.

“We haven’t seen the footage but have seen the transcripts. And there is quite a lot of it that is against our policies and we are investigating,” a spokeswoman told the BBC.


Facebook was tagging some users as ‘interested in treason’ – guess who media said would misuse data?

It has emerged that Facebook used a “treason” tag to mark some of its users. When Danish media reported that FB had since discontinued the label, it also decided to single out only ‘evil Russians’ as possible abusers of the data.

The US social media giant effectively labeled tens of thousands of people all over the world as “interested in treason” for the sake of … advertising, Danish public-service broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) reported on Wednesday, explaining that “treason” was one of the tags used by Facebook’s automatic algorithm to identify, for advertisers, its users’ interests.


Facebook flags US Declaration of Independence as hate speech – reports

Facebook’s internal tools for flagging abusive content have mistaken the US Declaration of Independence for hate speech, according to reports.

America’s founding document was adopted on 4 July 1776, a date now celebrated as Independence Day in the US.

Excerpts from the declaration were posted on Facebook by The Liberty County Vindicator, a paper in the city of Liberty, Texas, as part of its Independence Day celebrations.

However, Facebook’s automated content moderation systems mistook parts of the famous historical document for hate speech, according to the newspaper.


Country band says Facebook prevented promotion of song, ‘I Stand for the Flag,’ because of ‘political content’

According to one Nashville-based country music group, Facebook has prevented it from using the social media’s paid tools to promote the group’s song, “I Stand for the Flag,” because of “political content.”

The Wes Cook Band released its music video for the song on Tuesday morning and planned to promote the song using Facebook’s paid promotions tools. Even though the advertisement was originally approved, it was later rejected.

The band’s frontman, Wes Cook, says that the reason for the rejection was “political content,” but argues that the group’s song is about patriotism and not dividing the nation. Lyrics to the song include “you ain’t gotta pick a side; you can love your fellow man and still have pride.”

via Instapundit


Facebook Canada contracts independent fact checkers to combat ‘fake news’

Facebook Canada has hired independent fact-checkers to vet news content and blog postings on its platform as concerns continue to grow over the dissemination of false and misleading information on social media.

Still suffering from a controversy over the misuse of its users’ data, Facebook has called upon Agence France-Presse (AFP) to pro-actively evaluate news stories in Canada for accuracy and to respond to complaints from users about fake news. To be unveiled on Wednesday, the third-party fact checking will run at least until after the next federal election in Oct., 2019, while covering news on upcoming votes in Quebec, New Brunswick and Alberta.

The announcement comes amid an ongoing debate in Canadian politics about the quality of information disseminated on social-media platforms.


Censorship: Entire European Identitarian Movement Permanently Banned From Facebook

The anti-mass migration Generation Identity movement has been banned permanently from Facebook, after all of their official pages were deleted due to “extremist content.”

Over the last several weeks the group has seen page after page disappear from the social media giant’s platform with little or no explanation, but a new report claims that Facebook has permanently banned the hipster-right identitarians, accusing them of posting “extremist content”.


The Time I Got Punished for Hate Speech

It’s been quite a week for me already, because I was thrown in jail and released 24 hours later.  I had no counsel, no Miranda rights, and no chance for an early release.  However, this wasn’t a literal jail.  It reaches farther into society than the place people go when they break our criminal laws.

This was Facebook jail.


Facebook Continues Battle Against Gun Content, Will Stop Showing Firearm Accessory Ads To Minors

“We already prohibit ads for weapon sales and modifications like magazines,” reads the company’s business page. “However, advertisers have been able to promote other weapons accessories, including products that are mounted on guns for the purposes of illuminating, magnifying or focusing in on (e.g. optics, flashlights) a target as well as holsters and belt accessories.”


Facebook let SIXTY companies, including Apple and Amazon, have ‘deep access personal data about users and their friends

Facebook gave at least 60 device makers broad access to its users’ information, potentially in conflict with what the company told Congress, a new report has revealed.

Many of the partnerships, with companies such as Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung, remain in effect even after Facebook began to quietly unwind them in April, according to a lengthy report in the New York Times.

Under some of the agreements, device makers could access the data of users’ friends, even if they believed that they had barred sharing, the Times reported citing company officials. The latest revelation affects every Facebook user worldwide.


Is Facebook Violating U.S. Counterterrorism Laws?

During his Congressional hearings in April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was interrogated by members of the House and Senate. Because it was evident from their questions that many of the lawmakers were actually clueless about how Facebook works, much time was wasted on Zuckerberg’s having to explain the basics of its tools and business model. A select few – among them Senator Ted Cruz — challenged Zuckerberg about the political slant of his platform, which has led to discrimination against conservative groups and individuals.


Masters of the Universe: Leaked Documents Show Facebook’s Internal Turmoil About ‘Hate Speech’

A collection of leaked documents appears to show Facebook redefining rules around hate speech and re-educating content moderators following the Charlottesville protest in 2017.

According to leaked internal documents obtained by Motherboard, the 2017 Charlottesville protests were a moment of intense introspective for Facebook, which scrambled to redefine what they consider “hate speech” and to educate content moderators about American white nationalists. One training document obtained shortly after the protests reads: “Recent incidents in the United States (i.e. Charlottesville) have shown that there is potentially confusion about our hate org policies and the specific hate orgs in specific markets.”