May 24, 2018

Why Facebook asked users if posts contained hate speech

03 May 2018, 01:41 | Kenneth Drake

Oops – Facebook “Hate Speech” reporting button accidentally went live

A mysterious glitch on Facebook asked if every single post was 'hate speech'

Last week, the company published its 27 pages of guidelines it calls Community Standards in a move to become more transparent following criticism the company's censors removed posts that did not violate the terms and for allowing flagged content containing hate speech to remain posted. They said a bug caused the button to launch publicly but it has since been disabled.

The company has halted the internal test as well, according to the spokesman.

The option appears at the bottom of every post in the users' newsfeed as an orange "warning" box containing an exclamation mark and the question "Does this post contain hate speech?"

The bug has now been removed from the site and there is no news as to whether it will be rolled out once the bug is fixed.

The button - which appears to only have been seen by US users - asked 'Does this contain hate speech?' regardless of the content.

Mark Zuckerberg delivers his annual keynote at F8 on Tuesday.

People saw the question appear on innocuous posts, including one from The Bad Apple bar in Chicago talking about menu items.

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Facebook's vice president of product management, Guy Rosen, said the problem was solved within 20 minutes.

Estimates suggest more than 87 million users may have had their data mined by the Trump affiliated consultancy firm through the "This Is Your Digital Life" quiz.

We've reached out to Facebook for comment on this unusual hate speech dialog box, and will update this article when we hear back.

The Menlo Park company's boss said that creating technology to tackle hate speech is more of a challenge than other forms of problematic content.

We asked NBC2 Facebook followers what they thought.

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