Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children


#1

Seems like the sort of thing that’s going to come up on the site. That really is an impressive bit of math they have, isn’t it? I can rail against “the blacks” all I want, as long as I’m just talking about the poor ones.


#2

My friend has a feminist FB page. She’s had her account suspended at least twice for this post:

And just this week, a friend of a friend’s account was banned because she posted a picture of herself and her wife captioned with the name of a Facebook group that included the word “dyke”. During Pride weekend. She got her account back, and was promptly banned again 4 hours later for posting that she’d been unbanned.


#3

I wonder if I run afoul of terms of service if I just spread myself out across multiple posts.

“I hate hispanic drivers” on Monday, “We should deport all hispanic non-drivers” on Wednesday or something.

Depends on how much set theory they teach the censors, I guess…


#4

Color me shocked.

My mentor is an activist who often uses FB as part of his platform; he just recently had his account suspended and had to ‘prove’ his identity to get it reactivated.


Leaked Facebook docs: weird censorship standards that protect "white men but not black children"
#5

TL;DR: Facebook’s censorship algorithm is too vague on the whole “Protected/Non-Protected” angle and tries to please both crowds. Instead, it provides a loophole for “Rich” white men to attack “Poor” black women (and vice versa); leading them back to square one

A sweeping solution is to ban verbal attacks all together, but that will limit competitive speech. A more thorough approach is to obtain the vast knowledge of GeoPolitics to prevent the Dominant Groups from Attacking the Marginalized ones; but it’ll be too complicated for social media to implement.


#6

To be specific, by qualifying a “protected class” (as defined by facebook) with a term which is not, according to them, a protected class, the post is now no longer offensive. White Man is protected, because it’s a combination of race (protected) and gender (protected.) Similarly a Jewish Azerbaijani isn’t cool, nor a wheelchair bound Muslim. However, by attaching literally anything to their identity on the list you’re cool. Rail against those illegal hispanics, or your subaru-driving lesbians, or your rich white people because legal status, choice of car manufacturer, and income aren’t protected classes. Add 2 teaspoons of stereotyping and serve probably heated.


#7

And the funniest part is that it only prove Facebook and social media’s incomprehension on the vast and complicated mess of geopolitics as a whole. It’s not that they’re evil, it’s that they’re incompetent.


#8

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