Posted November 03, 2018 08:03:58 Facebook is getting pressure from some users to clamp down on posts that promote hate speech or abuse.
Facebook’s new “hate speech” policy aims to curb offensive posts by people using Facebook to “disparage or vilify someone on the basis of their race, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, or other factors that may contribute to discrimination, prejudice, harassment, or violence”.
The policy is part of a broader effort to curb racist and sexist abuse on the platform.
A recent investigation found that nearly 1.2 million posts on Facebook contained hate speech and abuse.
However, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the company’s new policy, saying it was meant to protect people from offensive content.
“We take hate speech very seriously,” he said.
“When we see a post that is hateful, we work to remove it.
And when we see hateful content, we take action.”
The policy was introduced last year, but only came into effect this month.
It has been criticised by some Facebook users who argue that it is too vague and can allow hate speech to continue on the site.
“It seems like there’s a lot of loopholes,” one Facebook user wrote.
“I’m sure it’s all about protecting you from hateful speech.”
Facebook has come under fire for allowing racist and anti-Semitic posts to continue appearing on its platform.
In a statement on Wednesday, Facebook said it “does not allow content that incites violence, discrimination or harassment”.
It added: “Facebook is committed to working with civil society to build a better world for all people, and to build an inclusive environment for all who use the platform.”
A spokesperson said Facebook would continue to investigate “hate crime”.
Facebook also told ABC News it had “no tolerance” for hate speech on its site.
The social media platform also said it was working to improve the “safety and protection” of users’ accounts and other data.
The company has previously faced criticism for not doing enough to crack down on racist and xenophobic posts, despite being accused of censoring posts from some of the biggest online platforms in the world.
Facebook said its “safety team” was working with law enforcement agencies and the US government to crack hate crimes.