Facebook labels Declaration of Independence of hatred
Facebook has removed a post from the Texas newspaper The Liberty County Vindicator that featured excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. Facebook’s reason: the Declaration of Independence included ‘hate speech.’
Facebook’s algorithms are in the spotlight after the social network tagged is an excerpt of the Declaration of Independence of hatred.
The Liberty County Vindicator in Liberty, Texas, posting excerpts from the document to the Facebook page. “In the run-up to the Independence Day, The Vindicator challenged her Facebook followers to read the Declaration of Independence. To make it a little easier to digest that short but excellent historical document, the newspaper broke the Statement down into 12 small snacks and a post every morning from June 24 until July 4,” said Vindicator Managing Editor, Casey Stinnett, on her website.
During the first nine clips, as planned, the 10th part, consisting of paragraphs 27 and 31 of the Declaration, it does not appear. The Vindicator then received a message from Facebook saying that the item “goes against our standards on incitement to hatred.”
The offending clip, in which the details of a long list of violations committed by King George III, contains the following passage:
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“He has excited domestic insurrections against us, and has endeavoured to the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an everyday destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
Stinnett suspects that the term “Indian Savages,” activated Facebook’s filtering algorithm.
“Maybe Thomas Jefferson written as ‘Native Americans in a challenging phase of cultural development” that would have been better,” the managing editor joked. “Unfortunately, Jefferson, like most of the British settlers of his day, not in possession of fully optimized view of the Native Americans.”
“The removal of the post is an automated action,” he added. “If every person working on Facebook were to view it, no doubt the post would be allowed.”
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The newspaper said it received an e-mail from Facebook acknowledges his error Tuesday, which confirmed that the post was restored.
“It seems that we made a mistake and removed something you posted on Facebook is not against our Community Standards. We want to apologize and let you know that we have restored your content, and removed all the blocks on your account with respect to this improper action,” Facebook said, in his e-mail to the Vindicator.
“The message has been deleted by mistake and restored as soon as we looked at it,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement by e-mail to Fox News. “We process millions of reports every week, and sometimes get things wrong.”
In a blog post, Christian Britschgi, deputy editor of the website politics Reason said delete the post highlights the challenges with using of artificial intelligence to the police in social media posts.
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“They have to demonstrate that there is a problem with automated enforcement of hate policy, is that a robot trained to spot politically incorrect language is not smart enough to detect when that language is part of a historically important document,” he wrote.
The social network’s algorithms are under consideration at the moment. Facebook was slammed by the Wes Cook Band this week after the occurrence of the group country of the use of the social network of the paid tools for the promotion of the song “I Stand for the Flag.”
The situation has lead to the allegations of discrimination against Facebook.
Despite the criticism on Facebook continues to ramp up the efforts around the AI to better serve society. The social network has already used the technology to help blind people to ‘see’ the platform and also the flag of the messages that the people are thinking of harming themselves.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this article.
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