Facebook accidentally launches "hate speech" button

Facebook Hate Speech Feature Was Released Accidentally

Scroll to the bottom for Facebook's response.

Earlier today, Facebook users began reporting that questionnaires had been attached to innocuous posts, asking them if they considered the content of the posts to be "hate speech".

The question was asked below every single post on some user feeds and some users said they felt like they were being censored by Facebook. Each post also gives the option to dismiss the question with a tiny "x" box to the right of the answers.

The feature showed up Tuesday morning but seemed to disappear before noon.

It would appear that due to the presence of these seemingly unfinished options as well as the fact that Facebook ended up pulling the option from their site just a few hours ago, this was only a test run for Facebook.




Even posts not sharing articles had the "hate speech" identification option.

Some did not take kindly to this option. They said a bug caused the button to launch publicly but it has since been disabled. Here's an example.and I'm not sure, but those onions look a little aggressive and hateful don't you think?

On April 24, Facebook had released a rule book for the types of posts it allows on its social network, giving far more detail than ever before on what is permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying, hate speech and inciting violence.

Facebook has recently come under fire for what critics say are a lack of action when it comes to curbing hate speech in developing countries.

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