Hate Speech: Facebook Intensifies Efforts To Fight Scourge

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Facebook has reaffirmed its commitment to combat hate speech on its platform.

Content Policy Associate Manager, Facebook Sub-Sahara Africa, Ms. Fadzai Madzingira, made the disclosure at a Facebook Content Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

Madzingira said that the company had more than 15,000 professionals reviewing content in over 50 languages on a daily basis and that hate speech would not be allowed on the platform.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sex, and serious disability among others Talking on attacks we define it as violent or dehumanizing speech, statement of inferiority and calls for exclusion or segregationFadzai Madzingira –

She further revealed that hate speech came in three forms; the first was content aimed at dehumanizing a person or group of persons based on their immigration status, the second targets a person or group of individuals based on their physical deficiencies and mental health, while the third focused on segregation (the right of a person or persons to exclude himself/herself/themselves from politics, economic benefits, and access to basic social amenities.

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