While Facebook remained in news for better part of last year due to its role in spreading fake news, the social networking giant’s problems with hate speech didn’t go away as a recent report showed the discrepancy in Facebook’s action to remove hate speech from the network. After the report asked Facebook to review 49 questionable decisions, the company revealed that there were 22 instances where the company’s reviewers made mistakes.
The recent report comes from ProPublica which conducted its own analysis of Facebook’s enforcement on the matter as it analyzed more than 900 Facebook posts. After analyzing the posts, the publication requested Facebook to review and explain its decisions on the matter. Afterwards, Facebook defended 19 of the decisions but agreed that it had made mistakes in 22 instances.
Critics for a long time have accused the social networking giant regarding its double standards in terms of tackling hate speech as the network at times has been accused of keeping racist, violent contents on the site. For instance, Facebook removed a page called “Jewish Ritual Murder” after proPublica mentioned its existence.
While Facebook’s problems aren’t likely to go anytime soon, the company is currently planning on hiring about 10,000 people over 2018 in an attempt to control spread of misinformation and hate speech over the platform.