CNET: Facebook’s new Rosetta AI system helps detect hate speech

CNET: Facebook’s new Rosetta AI system helps detect hate speech. “Facebook says it has a new weapon in fighting hate speech. The social network on Tuesday announced a new artificial intelligence system, codenamed ‘Rosetta,’ for helping its computers read and understand the billions of images and videos posted to the social network every day. With the new system, Facebook could more easily detect what content violate its hate speech rules.”

New York Times: As Germans Seek News, YouTube Delivers Far-Right Tirades

New York Times: As Germans Seek News, YouTube Delivers Far-Right Tirades. “Ray Serrato, a Berlin-based digital researcher, noticed the tide of misinformation when his wife’s uncle showed him a YouTube video that claimed the rioters had been Muslim refugees. The video, posted by an obscure fringe group, was rambling, and it appeared to be cheaply produced. Yet it had nearly half a million views — far more than any news video on the riots. How was that possible?”

Washington Post: Racism and anti-Semitism surged in corners of the Web after Trump’s election, analysis shows

Washington Post: Racism and anti-Semitism surged in corners of the Web after Trump’s election, analysis shows. “Racist and anti-Semitic content has surged on shadowy social media platforms — spiking around President Trump’s Inauguration Day and the ‘Unite the Right Rally’ in Charlottesville — spreading hate speech and extremist views to mainstream audiences, according to an analysis published this week. The findings, from a newly formed group of scientists named the Network Contagion Research Institute who studied hundreds of millions of social media messages, bolster a growing body of evidence about how extremist speech online can be fueled by real-world events.”

TechCrunch: It’s time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

TechCrunch: It’s time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech . “Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the hate speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content moderation, few groups (outside of the German government) have outright sued the platforms for their actions. That’s because of a legal distinction between media publications and media platforms that has made solving hate speech online a vexing problem.”

The Verge: Tumblr is explicitly banning hate speech, posts that celebrate school shootings, and revenge porn

The Verge: Tumblr is explicitly banning hate speech, posts that celebrate school shootings, and revenge porn. “Tumblr is changing its community guidelines to more explicitly ban hate speech, glorifying violence, and revenge porn. The new rules go into effect on September 10th.”

Platforms, Speech And Truth: Policy, Policing And Impossible Choices (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Platforms, Speech And Truth: Policy, Policing And Impossible Choices. “TLDR: Internet sites have every right in the world to kick people off their platforms, and there’s no legal or ethical problem with that. No one’s free speech is being censored. That said, we should be at least a bit concerned about the idea that giant internet platforms get to be some sort of arbiter of what speech is okay and what speech is not, and how that can impact society more generally. But there are possible solutions to this, even if none are perfect and some may be difficult to implement, and we should explore those more thoroughly, rather than getting into screaming fights over who should or shouldn’t be allowed to use various internet platforms.”