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Facebook's Private Groups Show The Platform Still Has A Problem With Hate Speech

Over the past year, Facebook has made it clear that the company wants to improve its reputation amongst the public. Since pivoting to privacy, the company has poured money into global advertising to help offset some of the consequences from its security mishaps, such as the infamous 2018 Cambridge Analaytica scandal . Part of Facebook’s push to privacy included an increased focus on private groups and messaging . That can be seen with some of the ads Facebook is developing, like ones with the campaign, “More Together.” The ad is intended to make people think about the meaningful exchanges Facebook allows them to have, but there’s a downside to the company’s new focus on groups. Facebook has always struggled with content moderation. By encouraging users to take their Facebook experience into closed, private forums — such as groups or messaging — the company has essentially skirted a lot of its responsibility as a platform. Recently, reports found that Border Patrol officers were in a...

Vanessa Taylor

Jul 12, 2019

Kamala Harris Vows To Hold Social Media Companies 'Accountable For The Hate Infiltrating Their Platforms'

Social media platforms have struggled with online hate for years. Post-Christchurch, the collective scramble to remove the video across platforms — along with the original live stream on Facebook — helped highlight how deep the problem is. Since then, online hate has become an increasingly popular conversation for politicians. Recently, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) — a 2020 presidential contender– spoke at the Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner at the Detroit NAACP where she made her own promises. “We will hold social media platforms accountable for the hate infiltrating their platforms because they have a responsibility to help fight against this threat to our democracy,” Harris said. In her speech, Harris also noted that it’s time to have a president who is “not afraid to call Neo-Nazi violence what it is: domestic terrorism.” She then went on to highlight recent attacks against racial and religious minorities, including the Charleston church shooting, a mosque bombing in Minneapolis, and...

Vanessa Taylor

May 7, 2019