Facebook glitch: Is this cat picture hate speech?

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

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.

Facebook said it was "an internal test" and that a bug caused it to accidentally launch publicly.

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

But Facebook said it didn't mean to deploy the hate-speech question, calling its appearance the accidental release of an in-house experiment.

One such post that displayed the hate speech prompt was authored by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, announcing upcoming features that will be showcased at F8.

Facebook's ability to police the content on its platform has been under scrutiny since the 2016 election season, when misinformation and divisive messages marred its News Feed and advertising.


But as others noticed the button appearing on all of the posts in their timeline, people began to share the funniest place they had seen the button appear.

Almost all ISIS and al Qaeda content that is removed from Facebook is flagged before "any human sees it", he claimed.

'Hate speech, I am optimistic that over a five to ten year period we'll have AI tools that can get into some of the nuances, the linguistic nuances of different types of content to be more accurate in flagging things for our systems, but today is just not there on that'.

'Some problems lend themselves more easily to AI solutions than others, ' Zuckerberg said.

Some noted that it appeared to be a bug on Facebook's part, offering "test" options to people who clicked yes.

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