Facebook is doing better on hate speech : MIT Technology Review


The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has said social media firms are doing much more to remove flagged illegal content more quickly, the Financial Timesreports.
Specifically: Figures due to be released later today will show that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on average 72% of posts containing illegal hate speech within 24 hours of being notified, up from 28% two years ago. 
Top of the class: The commission singled out Facebook for praise for achieving a 82% takedown rate. It’s a rare piece of good news for the social media behemoth, which celebrates its 15th birthday today (see below for more on that.)
But…There’s always a risk that platforms could swing too far to appease policymakers, impinging upon legitimate free speech. “We don’t want 100% take downs,” an EU official told the Financial Times.

 

Source: Facebook is doing better on hate speech : MIT Technology Review

250 women rabbis sign letter condemning Trump ‘hate speech’ | The Times of Israel


GOP nominee’s ‘concept of the human person and the human body’ is incompatible with Judaism’s teachings, say spiritual leaders

Source: 250 women rabbis sign letter condemning Trump ‘hate speech’ | The Times of Israel

Jo Cox’s tragic death must put an end to the hateful abuse of our MPs | Ruth Price | Opinion | The Guardian


Jo was my boss, and her work was guided by the belief that love will always overcome hate. To heed her legacy we must keep our politics free of malice

Source: Jo Cox’s tragic death must put an end to the hateful abuse of our MPs | Ruth Price | Opinion | The Guardian

Anger over Twitter’s ‘can’t be bothered’ attitude to disablist abuse | DisabledGo News and Blog


Campaigners have cast doubt on Twitter’s commitment to protecting disabled people from vile disablist abuse on its social media platform. They spoke out after the media giant launched its new Twitter Trust and Safety Council, which it claimed would help “ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter”. The council is made up of 50 individuals and organisations from across the world, including representatives of anti-bullying, LGBT, Muslim, Jewish and feminist organisations. But with the exception of the Samaritans and a campaigning Australian mental health charity, there is not a single disability-related organisation represented on the new council, and there does not appear to be a single disabled member. Disabled activists say this underlines Twitter’s failure to take seriously the disablist abuse that blights the social media platform. One disabled Twitter user, who asked not to be named, said: “What this says is that Twitter just don’t care about disability hate

Source: Anger over Twitter’s ‘can’t be bothered’ attitude to disablist abuse | DisabledGo News and Blog