BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest. “On Sunday, the @docscustomknives Instagram account placed an ad on the popular photo-sharing social network advocating that people ‘join the militia, fight the state.’ As clips from action movies play, showing police officers being shot and killed, music blares with lyrics proclaiming, ‘We ain’t scared of no police / We got guns too.’ As of Tuesday afternoon, the ad was still online.”

The Verge: YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech

The Verge: YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech. “YouTube has banned several prominent white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer. Other channels banned include American Renaissance (with its associated channel AmRen Podcasts) and the channel for Spencer’s National Policy Institute. The channels repeatedly violated YouTube’s policies, a YouTube spokesperson said, by alleging that members of protected groups were inferior. These come alongside other violations that led to YouTube taking action.”

MSN News: Democratic Senators Ask Zuckerberg to Act on White Supremacy

MSN News: Democratic Senators Ask Zuckerberg to Act on White Supremacy. “Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg faces demands from Senate Democrats for answers about hate groups on the platform at the same time a growing number of companies are pulling advertising from its sites over harmful content. In a letter to Zuckerberg Tuesday, three Democratic senators question what they call the company’s ‘lack of action to prevent white supremacist groups from using the platform as a recruitment and organizational tool’ despite Facebook’s stated policies on hate speech.”

Study: White Supremacist Groups Are ‘Thriving’ On Facebook, Despite Extremist Ban (Huffpost)

Huffpost: Study: White Supremacist Groups Are ‘Thriving’ On Facebook, Despite Extremist Ban.”Project researchers identified 221 white supremacist groups — using information collected by Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, two of America’s most prominent anti-hate organizations — and searched for those groups on Facebook. About 50% of the groups were present on the platform, the study said.”

Newswise: Social networks enable hate movements, like boogaloo, to grow rapidly

Newswise: Social networks enable hate movements, like boogaloo, to grow rapidly. “Using popular social media networks and under-the-radar memes and phrases, hate movements are able to organize and gain appeal, a Washington University in St. Louis expert says. The most recent hate movement to emerge from social networks is an anti-government movement — referred to as ‘boogaloo’ by supporters — that is plotting violence against minorities, police and public officials.”

University of Maine: Sporer finds ISIL supporters promote justifications of terrorist group’s violence on Twitter

University of Maine: Sporer finds ISIL supporters promote justifications of terrorist group’s violence on Twitter. “Sympathizers of the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) use Twitter to promote justifications of mass casualty violence perpetrated against civilians by the terrorist group, according to a new study led by Karyn Sporer, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maine.”

TechCrunch: Study of YouTube comments finds evidence of radicalization effect

TechCrunch: Study of YouTube comments finds evidence of radicalization effect. “The study, carried out by researchers at Switzerland’s Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, found evidence that users who engaged with a middle ground of extreme right-wing content migrated to commenting on the most fringe far-right content.”

Report and repeat: Investigating Facebook’s hate speech removal process (First Monday)

First Monday: Report and repeat: Investigating Facebook’s hate speech removal process . “Social media is rife with hate speech. Although Facebook prohibits this content on its site, little is known about how much of the hate speech reported by users is actually removed by the company. Given the enormous power Facebook has to shape the universe of discourse, this study sought to determine what proportion of reported hate speech is removed from the platform and whether patterns exist in Facebook’s decision-making process. To understand how the company is interpreting and applying its own Community Standards regarding hate speech, the authors identified and reported hundreds of comments, posts, and images featuring hate speech to the company (n=311) and recorded Facebook’s decision regarding whether or not to remove the reported content. A qualitative content analysis was then performed on the content that was and was not removed to identify trends in Facebook’s content moderation decisions about hate speech. Of particular interest was whether the company’s 2018 policy update resulted in any meaningful change.”

Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: YouTube Says That Frank Capra’s US Government WWII Propaganda Violates Community Guidelines (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: YouTube Says That Frank Capra’s US Government WWII Propaganda Violates Community Guidelines. “The film, which gives a US government-approved history of the lead up to World War II includes a bunch of footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Obviously, it wasn’t done to glorify them. The idea is literally the opposite. However, as you may recall, last summer when everyone was getting mad (again) at YouTube for hosting ‘Nazi’ content, YouTube updated its policies to ban ‘videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology.’ We already covered how this was shutting down accounts of history professors. And, now, it’s apparently leading them to take US propaganda offline as well.”

“We’ve seen hate becoming mainstream”: This news site aims to tie together the intel on extremism (Nieman Lab)

Nieman Lab: “We’ve seen hate becoming mainstream”: This news site aims to tie together the intel on extremism. “After years of writing about it for TPM, The Daily Beast, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, [Nick Martin] decided to start The Informant, a newsletter and site dedicated to ‘original reporting and intelligence on hate and extremism in America today.’ While any number of outlets were covering pieces of the story, Martin said he didn’t see any one making sense of it and explaining what it all means.”

Mashable: Does YouTube radicalize users? This study says not —but it’s deeply flawed.

Mashable: Does YouTube radicalize users? This study says not —but it’s deeply flawed.. “A new study of YouTube’s algorithm attracting mainstream attention this weekend claims that the online video giant ‘actively discourages’ radicalization on the platform. And if that sounds suspect to you, it should.”

Techdirt: Losing Streak Continues For Litigants Suing Social Media Companies Over Violence Committed By Terrorists

Techdirt: Losing Streak Continues For Litigants Suing Social Media Companies Over Violence Committed By Terrorists. “According to Eric Goldman’s count (and he would know), this is the 12th ridiculous ‘blame Twitter for terrorism’ lawsuit to be tossed by a federal court. The dubious legal theory — one so dubious it has yet to find any judicial takers — is that Twitter and other social media platforms ‘allow’ terrorists to converse and radicalize and do other terrorist things. What no one has successfully alleged is that Twitter, Facebook, etc. are directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks.”

The Daily Beast: Instagram Won’t Pull These Racist, Violent, Russian-Inspired Accounts

The Daily Beast: Instagram Won’t Pull These Racist, Violent, Russian-Inspired Accounts. “Memes published by some of the worst Kremlin-backed trolls of the 2016 campaign are being echoed online by American neo-Confederates. The Russian accounts, overseen by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), have since been taken down. But American parrot accounts running some of the same racist crap—and worse—are still live on Instagram, an investigation by The Daily Beast and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab found. At least one of these live accounts claims to belong to a Russian network persona.”