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Facebook accused of shielding far-right activists who broke its rules

Facebook accused of shielding far-right activists who broke its rules”

"If the content is indeed violating it will go", Allan stated. Yet despite Facebook's policies stating it won't accept hate speech, Channel 4's undercover investigation still found examples of hate speech not being purged from Facebook.

Facebook claims that some of what was discussed in the program does not reflect their policies or values.

Retail Excellence has today suspended its partnership with social media giant Facebook after a Channel 4 documentary exposed some of the controversial practises and content moderation within the company.

In its first two days on Facebook, the video was shared 44,000 times, and it was still up years later when Channel 4 investigated. Even if Robinson or pages affiliated with Britain First repeatedly broke the rules, they could be kept afloat because of "shielded review".

Normally, shielded reviews are only given to government and news organizations, but it was also granted to extremist United Kingdom far-right group Britain First and its leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson.

A Government spokeswoman said: "While some online platforms have taken important steps to improve safety, we have long-held concerns about their effectiveness in enforcing their own terms and conditions and ensuring United Kingdom citizens are not exposed to harmful content".

An undercover investigation carried out by Channel 4 revealed that Facebook moderators were told not to remove certain graphic videos from the site.

Another meme showed a little girl being held underwater, with the caption "when your daughter's first crush is a little negro boy".

People all around the world use Facebook to connect with friends and family and openly discuss different ideas.

"But I just don't agree that that is the experience that most people want and that's not the experience we're trying to deliver".

The reporter was told this was a post that should not be removed.

The report also found that instances of hate speech, including a comment directed at Muslim immigrants to "fuck off back to your own countries", were allowed to stay on the site.

Early this year, more than 100 child health experts have urged Facebook to withdraw the app.

Who is responsible for the content that appears on Facebook? "It's all about making money at the end of the day", an unnamed Facebook moderator allegedly told the filmmakers. "We take these mistakes incredibly seriously and are grateful to the journalists who brought them to our attention", Facebook vice president Monika Bickert wrote in an official post.

Facebook has taken heat from critics on multiple fronts, whether in terms of its efforts to battle fake news or its mishandling of user data during its interaction with now-defunct political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. "We are providing additional training and are working to understand exactly what happened so we can rectify it".



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