Why Facebook asked users if posts contained hate speech


Some people thought they were being censored by Facebook.

The premature launch was blamed on a "bug". The options were hate speech, test 1, test 2 and test 3, prompting people to question if the Facebook lab was trying something new to curb hate speech on the social networking site.

The question showed up underneath posts and included a prompt so users could flag the item as potential hate speech. Business Insider observed the glitch on one of our accounts. Each post also gives the option to dismiss the question with a tiny "x" box to the right of the answers.

On April 24, Facebook had released a rule book for the types of posts it allows on its social network, giving far more detail than ever before on what is permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying, hate speech and inciting violence. Many immediately questioned if the feature was test - perhaps a premature one - from Facebook, which has made eliminating hate speech a priority.

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Would you consider the last thing you saw on Facebook to be hate speech?

Facebook VP of product Guy Rosen said that the feature was a "bug" and a "test" that had been incorrectly applied to all posts, including Mark Zuckerberg's.

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