Facebook releases a report on what messages they delete and censor, it turned out that most of them are not political

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On Tuesday, Facebook held a conference call to discuss what messages they delete most often and why, which was awkwardly timed after a video of Buffalo’s mass shooting over the weekend was still on the platform.

One of the many depressive aspects of the Sabbath racist mass shooting in Buffalo was how the horrible video spread on social media. According to CNN, the shooter live broadcast on Twitch, and to the great pride of this streaming platform, the flow was stopped for two minutes. This was reported by the Washington Post only 22 people saw.

But eventually Facebook enters the picture. Obviously, some (if not all) of these 22 spectators were monstrous trolls of white supremacy because according to the New York Times, the video “was posted on the Streamable website and viewed more than three million times before it was removed. And the link to this video was posted hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter hours after the shooting. “

According to a Washington Post report, as of Tuesday, Facebook still had several copies of the video. And that’s a bad background against which Facebook published a quarterly report what posts they remove and whyas explained by The Verge.

The report was accompanied by a conference as the parent company Facebook Meta now has these calls and reports quarterly, shortly after the company’s earnings calls. The call was scheduled long before the shooting, but obviously Meta had something to explain.

“People are creating new versions and new external links to try to evade our policies,” said Guy Rosen, vice president of honesty. according to AdWeek. “We will continue to learn, improve our processes and improve our systems to ensure that we can remove these links faster in the future. It’s only been a few days since the incident, so at the moment we have nothing more to share. “

The target also missed Quarterly compliance with Facebook community standards a report that The Verge describes as “a document that has a sad title but is admirable to those of us who are inquisitive and love to read about the failures of artificial intelligence systems”.

And yes, human moderators are much better at recognizing really problematic messages than bot moderators. Facebook counts posts that they admit have been “incorrectly deleted,” and bots mistakenly delete posts more often than moderators. No wonder.

What is a surprise, at least in the context of Big Tech’s current censorship discourse, is that very little political speech has been filmed. The Verge reviewed the numbers of the deleted messages and concluded: “Very few of them are‘ political ’, at least in the sense of commenting on current events. Instead, these are reports of drugs, weapons, self-harm, sex and nudity, spam and fake accounts, and bullying and harassment. ”

These are Facebook’s own numbers, not an independent verification, so keep that in mind. But some remarkable numbers: Facebook deleted 1.6 billion fake accounts and 2.5 million messages labeled “Terrorism and Organized Hate.”

Current conservative grievances about censorship Facebook is trying to formalize this as an attempt to attack freedom of speech, and all this is done by a campaign allegedly run by left-bank liberals. This is a huge part Ilona Mask’s discourse on capture on Twitter (yes regardless of degree said the absorption is really happening). And while I hate giving Facebook doubts, it’s clear that censorship claims are conditioned unscrupulous attempts to erase the border between political speech and actual violence. But since these unscrupulous efforts have proved to be an excellent political topic for discussion, there is no such transparency on the part of Facebook that is likely to change that.

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