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Facebook Removes Most Hate Speech Before People See It, Zuckerberg Tells Congress

Facebook removes 89 percent of all hate speech before users see it, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers Wednesday as tech giants such as his company came under fire during an antitrust hearing.

Maryland Rep. Jamie Baskin asked Zuckerberg whether he plans to manage the “use of Facebook to engender social division” in the U.S. during the often-heated hearing. Baskin noted that some have notoriously used Facebook as a platform for election interference, pro-Trump advocacy, racism and white nationalism in the past.

Baskin pointed to a profit motive for Facebook to overlook the 6.5 billion fake accounts created per year, since the company reports those numbers to investors.

Zuckerberg responded by saying that Facebook removes hate speech and “billions” of fake accounts each year from the social networking platform, often before users are able to see it.

“We’re very focused on fighting against election interference, and we’re also very focused on fighting against hate speech,” Zuckerberg said. Regarding hate speech, he told the committee: “Our goal is to identify it before anyone even sees it on the platform. And we’ve built AI systems, and as I mentioned, have tens of thousands of people working on safety and security with the goal of getting this stuff down.” – Newsweek

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Facebook removes 89 percent of all hate speech before users see it, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers Wednesday as tech giants such as his company came under fire during an antitrust hearing.

Regarding hate speech, he told the committee: “Our goal is to identify it before anyone even sees it on the platform.

Just think about that.

 

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