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 is sorry for the many, many things.
The embattled social network, which is in front of the government oversight, strict new regulations in Europe, the criticism of politicians and now, a plummeting stock prices, are apologies so often that it is hard to know what mea culpas are the most relevant.
Fox News has compiled a small sample of the incidents that prompted CEO Mark Zuckerberg or his colleagues to apologize.
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Cambridge Analytica data scandal
Zuckerberg’s company took out a full page ads in AMERICAN and British newspapers in March to apologize for the “abuse of trust”, that allowed the now-defunct political consulting Cambridge Analytica—working for the 2016 campaign for President, Donald Trump and others wrong harvest data from at least 87 million users.
The billionaire’s apology tour included testimony for legislators in both countries.
Russia, the U.S. election interference
In November 2016, Zuckerberg mentioned the idea that the fake news impact on the AMERICAN presidential election “quite a crazy idea.” However, a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for alleged interference in the presidential elections—in particular, their use of Facebook to sow discord and impact on AMERICAN public opinion.
Since then, the tech-giant has gone on a hiring spree, along with nonpartisan fact-checkers, deleted hundreds of accounts or pages, and the eradication of false news, and the protection of the election of the integrity of a larger priority. COO Sheryl Sandberg told Axios that Facebook owes the American people “, Not just an excuse, but the determination to play our role in making it possible Russian interference during the elections.”
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‘Incitement to hatred’ in the Declaration of Independence
Facebook sent a letter to the Liberty County Vindicator in Texas, which had the places of fragments of the document, says this passage is not in conflict with the standards on hate speech: “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.”
The newspaper, which believes that the term “Indian savages” may have led to the tech company’s algorithms, it received a notice says Facebook was “sorry” for deleting the post and the content was restored.
Allowing underage users, extreme content
A recent Channel 4 undercover investigation in the uk revealed that Facebook knowingly allowed extreme content and allowed underage users to stay on the platform. In addition, one of the earliest investors, says that extreme content is Facebook’s money-making “crack cocaine.”
Facebook Vice President of Global Policy Richard Allan said in the Channel 4 documentary: “You have identified some areas where we have failed, and I’m here today to apologize for those failings.”
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Censor Wes Cook Band, ‘I Stand for the Flag
In the beginning of July, the tech platform prevented the Wes Cook Band out of the use of the advertising tools to promote their song “I Stand for the Flag” because of “political content.” The song has lyrics such as: “Don’t worry if you’re black or white, or who you love, I stand for the Flag and the Flag stands for all of us.”
After a dialogue with the band—who says that the song is about patriotism and the unity—Facebook reversed course and said: “We have spoken with the Wes Cook band to explain that we made a mistake here,” it explained in a joint statement. “We are grateful for their patience as we work to improve our policies.”
Looking for suggestions of child pornography videos
The uk users in March, said the social media company of the suggestions, which are supposedly the result of the popular search terms as determined by an algorithm, began to suggest unpleasant results to the user that you typed in “video”.
After users took to Twitter to complain of the suggestions that included child pornography and other bizarre content, Facebook in a statement saying that they removed the “offensive predictions” as soon as they became aware of them.
Holocaust denier comments
The company’s battle against fake-news hit a snag when Zuckerberg said that the platform would not ban Holocaust deniers, saying to Recode that his company may not “be in the business of having people…who are to decide what is true and what is not.”
After the installation of the criticism, particularly from Jewish users, Zuckerberg clarified his comments by saying: “I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely did not intend to defend the intention of people who deny that.” He added that Facebook would remove posts that cross “a line” in advocating for violence against certain groups.
The decline of ads of restaurants, hair salons as ‘political’
The technology giant, which introduced stricter rules that force everyone with political ads on the platform to reveal their identity and location, has been called up for the wrongfully refuse ads from companies that are not political.
“Enforcement is never perfect at launch, but that’s why we have processes in place for people and advertisers to improve. Advertisers can appeal to in their ads in the archive, but there not supposed to be,” Rob Leathern, Director of Product Management at Facebook, told Fox News.
Censor Diamond & Side
The pro-Trump social media personalities claimed several times that their messages were censored or downplayed on Facebook. A number of the duo’s videos tagged as “unsafe for the community.”
However, Monika Bickert, head of Global Policy Management at Facebook, told House lawmakers that the platform “badly mishandled” their communication with Diamond & Silk.
Removing a photo of two men kissing
Instagram, owned by Facebook, removed a photo of two men kissing, which was taken by the british photographer Stella Asia Consonni for a magazine project for violating the community guidelines.
The post, a source told Fox News was removed as a result of a human error, was reinstated, and a spokesman said that it was taken down “accidentally.”
Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.
Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.