TechCrunch: Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns

TechCrunch: Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns. “A report by campaign group Avaaz examining how Facebook’s platform is being used to spread hate speech in the Assam region of North East India suggests the company is once again failing to prevent its platform from being turned into a weapon to fuel ethnic violence.”

Wired: Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling

Wired: Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling. “When there is limited or no content available on a topic, it’s possible to game search engines to guarantee that certain keywords will be directed to content that includes these terms or is tagged accordingly. This is why conspiracy theorists were able to capitalize on the concept of a ‘crisis actor.’ By producing a plethora of insidious content rife with the term and maximizing SEO, conspiracy theorists filled what Microsoft’s Michael Golebiewski and danah boyd referred to as a ‘data void.’ Searches for ‘crisis actor’ got conspiratorial results until other sources filled the void with more legitimate content debunking the theory.”

Deccan Herald: Social media sites fined in Germany for hate speech

Deccan Herald: Social media sites fined in Germany for hate speech. “Social media giants are obliged to remove hate content within 24 hours or one week in Germany failing which they face a fine of up to 50 million euros, according to Andreas Kindl, director of strategic communication of the Federal Foreign Office.”

Denver Post: “OK” hand gesture added to hate symbols database

Denver Post: “OK” hand gesture added to hate symbols database. “The ‘OK’ hand gesture, a mass killer’s bowl-style haircut and an anthropomorphic moon wearing sunglasses are among 36 new entries in a Jewish civil rights group’s online database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists.”

TechCrunch: Hatebase catalogues the world’s hate speech in real time so you don’t have to

TechCrunch: Hatebase catalogues the world’s hate speech in real time so you don’t have to. “Policing hate speech is something nearly every online communication platform struggles with. Because to police it, you must detect it; and to detect it, you must understand it. Hatebase is a company that has made understanding hate speech its primary mission, and it provides that understanding as a service — an increasingly valuable one.”

YouTube: YouTube says it’s removing more hate speech than before but controversial channels remain up

CNN: YouTube says it’s removing more hate speech than before but controversial channels remain up. “In a blog post on Tuesday, YouTube said it had removed more than 100,000 videos and over 17,000 channels for violating its hate speech rules in April through June, which is five times more than it removed in the previous three months. It also took down over 500 million comments over hate speech.”