Mashable: Facebook report claims decline in hate speech. Experts want more info.

Mashable: Facebook report claims decline in hate speech. Experts want more info.. “A report says hate speech is declining on Facebook. The problem? The report is from Facebook. And activists say it’s missing valuable context, data, and transparency. ‘This report fails to answer simple questions we have been asking for years: How much hate speech is there on Facebook? How many users are exposed to it?’ Imran Ahmed, the CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, told Mashable.”

Anti-Defamation League: ADL Condemns Facebook Decision to Shut Down Independent Study of Targeted Political Ads

Anti-Defamation League: ADL Condemns Facebook Decision to Shut Down Independent Study of Targeted Political Ads. “The urgency of allowing independent research and promoting transparency has never been clearer. ADL’s recent Online Antisemitism Report Card shows that Facebook is not doing enough to stop hate and harassment, especially identity-based harassment, on its platform.”

Stockholm Center for Freedom: Hate speech against refugees increases on Turkish social media as a new wave of Afghan migrants arrives

Stockholm Center for Freedom: Hate speech against refugees increases on Turkish social media as a new wave of Afghan migrants arrives. “Hate speech against refugees on Turkish social media has increased recently, with a new wave of refugee arrivals in Turkey starting as the Taliban increases the territory it controls in Afghanistan amid a US troop withdrawal.”

Al Jazeera: Facebook says will curb hate speech as Indian states go to polls

Al Jazeera: Facebook says will curb hate speech as Indian states go to polls. “Facebook has said it is taking steps to combat hate speech and misinformation in India as the world’s biggest democracy holds months-long multi-phase elections in four states and a federal territory. ‘We recognise that there are certain types of content, such as hate speech, that could lead to imminent, offline harm,’ the social networking giant said in a blog post dated March 30.”

New York Times: On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate

New York Times: On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate. “…even in the world of podcasting, Google Podcasts — whose app has been downloaded more than 19 million times, according to Apptopia — stands alone among major platforms in its tolerance of hate speech and other extremist content. A recent nonexhaustive search turned up more than two dozen podcasts from white supremacists and pro-Nazi groups, offering a buffet of slurs and conspiracy theories. None of the podcasts appeared on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.”

News@Northeastern: Hate thrives on social media — but who should police it?

News@Northeastern: Hate thrives on social media — but who should police it?. “The violent riots at the Capitol were abetted and encouraged by posts on social media sites. But from a legal and practical standpoint, it’s often hard to hold social media companies responsible for their users, Northeastern professors say. Jack McDevitt, director of the Institute on Race and Justice, argues that many of the posts amount to hate crimes—and that tech companies should be held responsible for violent rhetoric disseminated on their sites. But when it comes to spreading misinformation, exactly who is liable is less clear, says David Lazer, university distinguished professor of political science and computer and information sciences.”

Foreign Policy: How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges

Foreign Policy: How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges. “In the third quarter of 2020, Facebook deleted 22.1 million pieces of content for violating its ban against hate speech; a steep increase from the 2.5 million pieces of content deleted in Q1 of 2018. Almost 95 percent of the purged hate speech in 2020 was proactively identified by AI before any human user notified Facebook—up from 38 percent in 2018. Whether the millions of posts and comments deleted for hate speech and other prohibited categories each month live up the Facebook’s own standards—or indeed human-rights standards—is an open question, since purged content is not available to the public.”

CNN: Facebook says it’s getting better at using AI to take down hate speech

CNN: Facebook says it’s getting better at using AI to take down hate speech. “Facebook has spent years building and deploying artificial intelligence to stamp out hate speech on its massive social network. The company says it’s now using the technology to proactively spot nearly 95% of such content that it takes down. That remaining 5%, however, may be tricky to resolve.”

Scientific American: Social Media Restrictions Cannot Keep Up with Hidden Codes and Symbols

Scientific American: Social Media Restrictions Cannot Keep Up with Hidden Codes and Symbols. “On the same day that President Donald Trump announced his COVID-19 diagnosis, Twitter reminded users of its policy that ‘tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed.’ The social media platform soon filled with posts accusing it of hypocrisy: threats targeting women and people of color have accumulated for years without removal, users said. But even as Twitter attempted to enforce its rules more stringently, thinly veiled posts slipped through the cracks.”

Ohio State University: Study reveals why some blame Asian Americans for COVID-19

Ohio State University: Study reveals why some blame Asian Americans for COVID-19. “A blend of racial prejudice, poor coping and partisan media viewing were found in Americans who stigmatized people of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. But it was prejudice against Asian Americans that was most strongly linked to beliefs that Asians were responsible for the pandemic and most at risk for spreading it, results showed.”

CNN: Facebook has more users in India than anywhere else. It’s now dealing with a hate speech crisis

CNN: Facebook has more users in India than anywhere else. It’s now dealing with a hate speech crisis. “Facebook is facing multiple simultaneous controversies in the United States, particularly around disinformation, hate speech and political bias. But those issues are also playing out — sometimes in more sinister ways — around the world, including a country where Facebook has more users than anywhere else.”