Tech News: Facebook sued by Muslim Activist Groups over ‘misleading’ content moderation claims.
A new consumer protection lawsuit states that Facebook executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg have deceived Congress and the American public by falsely claiming that the company removes content that violates its policies. The lawsuit, filed Thursday by civil rights organization Muslim Advocates, says the company regularly authorizes posts that violate the rules. They say their actions allowed anti-Muslim hatred to spread on the platform, causing real damage.
As an example of Facebook In case of failure in this affair, the organization points to a list of 26 anti-Muslim hate groups shared with the company. Of these, 19 are still present on the network and many have names with clear anti-Muslim connotations, such as “Jihad Watch” and “Understanding the Threat”.
“This is not, ‘Oh, some things fall by the wayside,'” Muslim Advocates attorney Mary Bauer told NPR. “This is ubiquitous content that continues to exist even though academics point it out, nonprofit organizations point it out. Facebook has made the decision not to remove this material. “The lawsuit asks a judge to order Facebook stop making false and misleading claims about its content moderation policies and practices and pay “modest” monetary damages.
Facebook Community Standards explicitly prohibit hate speech. “We do not allow hate speech Facebook and collaborates regularly with experts, nonprofits and stakeholders to ensure this Facebook it is a safe place for all, recognizing that anti-Muslim rhetoric can take different forms “, a Facebook the spokesman told Engadget. “We have invested in artificial intelligence technologies to remove hate speech and we proactively detect 97% of what we remove.”
Critics have regularly blamed Facebook to do too little to prevent hate speech and disinformation from spreading on its platforms. In its defense, the company will likely point to recent tools it has introduced to better combat hate speech, as well as new policies aimed at imposing tougher sanctions on individuals and communities who repeatedly break the rules.