Facebook asks users if posts contain hate speech

02 May, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • A mysterious glitch on Facebook asked if every single post was 'hate speech'

It looked like Facebook was trying to bolster its forever-war against hate speech on the platform, primarily fought with algorithms and human staffers, by simply asking users to call it out. YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have been accused by conservative and right-leaning groups of censoring their speech.

Facebook users were in a frenzy Tuesday after the social media app asked them if posts contained hate speech. They said a bug caused the button to launch publicly but it has since been disabled. Business Insider observed the glitch on one of our accounts.

People saw the question appear on innocuous posts, including one from The Bad Apple bar in Chicago talking about menu items.

On Tuesday morning, Facebook began testing a feature that allows users to report posts on their News Feed as hate speech by clicking a button.


The "hate speech" question appeared for less than 30 minutes before disappearing by noon ET.

We've reached out to Facebook for comment on this unusual hate speech dialog box, and will update this article when we hear back.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes a drink while testifying before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing regarding the companys use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018.

This is what users were seeing (I've removed user names and images because the internet can be an very bad place):These screenshots were provided by our friends at PJ Media:We reached out to Facebook.

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