Facebook bans blackface photos as "implicit hate speech"

by Jordyn Pair · Aug 12th, 2020 10:12 am

Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:26 pm

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it will be changing its community standards to ban "implicit hate speech" on its platforms, taking down content like blackface and anti-Semitic stereotypes.

The new policy will go after offensive content that had previously avoided Facebook's ban on hate speech.

"This type of content has always gone against the spirit of our hate speech policy, but it can be really difficult to take concepts especially those that are commonly expressed in imagery and define them in a way that allows our content reviewers based around the world to consistently and fairly identify violations," said Monika Bickert, vice president of content policy.

Facebook said it would not remove content with news value, such as photos of a politician in blackface.

The company said on Tuesday that it had increased its use of artificial intelligence to detect hate speech. Of the hate speech removed between April and June, 95% was identified by artificial intelligence, an increased from the 89% removed in the first quarter of 2020.

The platform also removed 22.5 million posts for violating community standards between April and June, up from 9.6 million in the first quarter.

➡️ Read Facebook's full second quarter transparency report here.


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