Facebook first reveals specific numbers regarding the spread of hate rhetoric, making it known that in its third quarter 2020 in every 10.000 content views on its platform are ten to 11 concerned sermons and views of hatred.
Counting openly for the first time how many times its users search and see hate content, the Facebook estimates that between July and September this year this percentage was around 0,1%, that is, one in a thousand views of content.
The largest social network reported that it took action against it 22,1 million hate posts in the third quarter of this year, of which the vast majority of violations (the 95% versus only 24% the 2017) Facebook has now located it, both with the help of "smart" technology and its special unit of employees, While the remainder 5% was realized after remarks and complaints of third parties.
In the measures taken, content removal was included, cover it with a warning message, the inactivation of user accounts and the referral to other more competent services, as explained by AMPE.
Facebook pointed out that some hate post can become "contagious" (viral) and be seen by many users in a very short time, while more other hate posts, that have been on the internet for a long time, few people see them. Facebook defines hate content as "anything that directly attacks people based on specific characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity, the national origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, the sex, the gender identity, severe disability or illness ".
Facebook reported in its latest quarterly report (Community Standards Enforcement Report) that it takes measures to combat extremist nationalism, violence against immigrants, of Holocaust denial, of anti-Jewish stereotypes etc.. This summer, Human rights groups staged an extensive advertising boycott, trying to pressure Facebook to take more drastic measures against the spread of hate speech among its users.
Facecbook has agreed to release specific statistics, based on a representative sample of its content and to receive an audit by an independent committee on its policy in this area. A Facebook spokesman said the independent audit would be completed within it 2021, according to Reuters.
In October, Facebook announced that it was reviewing its policy, to ban content that denies or distorts the Holocaust. However, the Anti-Defamation League, one of those who had organized the advertising boycott, expressed dissatisfaction that even the new information released on the hate content, it is not sufficiently detailed and enlightening.
However, other social networking platforms, such as Twitter and YouTube, have so far not revealed any relevant information about the hate content they are circulating.