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Facebook rules protects white men, not black kids, from hate

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Brian Williams
Jun 29, 2017 20:21
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allegedly trains its workers monitoring hate speech to "protect" white men but not black children and female drivers, according to a report.

The piece published by ProPublica Wednesday, which apparently includes leaked internal training documents used by Facebook moderators, claims the world's largest social network's policies on hate speech "tend to favor elites and governments over grassroots activists and racial minorities."

The article comes a day after Facebook admitted it's having a hard time tackling hate speech, and more than a month after an article in The Guardian shed light on that topic and other "secret rules."

In a lengthy blog Tuesday, Facebook said it removes about 66,000 posts a week -- around 288,000 monthly -- for what it considers hateful rhetoric.

The ProPublica article said Facebook trains its thousands of content moderators to delete hate speech directed at so-called protected categories of people, which include race, sex, gender, and religious affiliation.

Yet, hate speech against "subsets" of protected categories, such as "radicalized Muslims," is considered less subjected to censorship.

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