Reporting “hate speech?” What could possibly go wrong?
Tuesday morning Facebook users found a weird new option — the ability to mark posts as “hate speech.”
My entire timeline was full of posts skewering the latest Facebook feature. Then, without warning, the report-everything-you-don’t-like-without-recognizing-the-subjectivity-of-your-actions option vanished.
This is what users were seeing (I’ve removed user names and images because the internet can be an awful place):
These screenshots were provided by our friends at PJ Media:
We reached out to Facebook. A spokesman provided the following comment:
“This was an internal test we were working on to understand different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate. A bug caused it to launch publicly. It’s been disabled.”
They may be testing other types of speech reporting functions, but it’s a might bit curious that the option accidentally published was asking users to report hate speech.
I mean, if @facebook wants to play Stasi and have everyone reporting each other for “hate speech” for posting baby pictures or restaurant reviews, they get what they get.
— William Newton ن (@wbdnewton) May 1, 2018
What could possibly go wrong? Oh, ya know, just THIS:
— Ben Larrabee (@Ben_Larrabee) May 1, 2018
It’s almost like Facebook is trying to kill itself.DONATE
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