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Facebook is creating new rules to moderate its internal social networks to curb heated discussions around politics and social issues

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Getty Images Facebook is instituting new guidelines for how employees can communicate on its internal social network, Workplace. The changes include creating a tougher harassment policy, dictating which areas of the Workplace platform can be used to discuss politics or social issues, and moderating debates when they do occur. The new guidelines are an attempt to address "a lot of very tense conversations happening out in the world," a company spokesperson told...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Workplace, Trends, Tech, Social Issues, New York Times, Cnbc, Tech Insider, Content Moderation, Avery Hartmans, CNBC Google, Times Facebook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Getty Images Facebook


Google is reportedly cracking down on employee message boards after seeing a rise in posts flagged for racism or abuse

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Google is instituting tougher rules around content moderation on its internal message boards after seeing a rise in posts flagged as harassment, according to CNBC. The company will now require more active moderation from the owners of internal discussion groups and mandate that they participate in moderation training.  Google, which is known for a culture that promotes lively discussion and debate, has seen an i...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, Tech, Working From Home, Wall Street Journal, Googlers, Cnbc, Mountain View California, AP Google, Tech Insider, Content Moderation, Avery Hartmans, Marcio Jose Sanchez, Memegen, Google Employees


A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaving The Merrion Hotel in Dublin after a meeting with politicians to discuss regulation of social media and harmful content in April 2019. Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images A recently fired Facebook data scientist wrote a lengthy memo detailing the tech giant's failures to stop election interference in countries around the world, per a Buzzfeed report. The employee, whose job was to find "inauthentic activity," wrote that the company was slow to take a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Buzzfeed, Congress, Russia, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Nato, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Dublin, Ecuador, Donald Trump


TikTok is trying to remove a disturbing video showing up on people’s For You pages

A graphic video of a man committing suicide spread across TikTok early this week, and the company is still working to remove it. Originating on Facebook Live, the clip was uploaded onto TikTok over the weekend and began to take root in users’ algorithmic recommendations. While the video first made the jump from Facebook in full, some TikTok users have now spliced it into unrelated videos so that other people view the clip without intending to when it pops up on the “For You” page. On TikTok, ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, New Zealand, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Content Moderation, Tiktok


Facebook’s Militia 'Mistake,' FCC’s Speech Police, and TikTok’s Secret Sauce

The never-ending battle over content moderation is only intensifying as we get closer to the 2020 elections and beyond. We’re trying out new formats to round up and summarize developments in this space—both in the interest of everyone’s sanity and to allow more time for the ramifications and context of the outcomes of…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Youtube, Misinformation, Content Moderation, QAnon, Coronavirus, Hellfeed, Facebook 's Militia Mistake FCC


Mark Zuckerberg reportedly intervened after a Facebook employee posted a controversial defense of police in the wake of Kenosha shootings

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A Facebook employee sparked outrage after defending "well-intentioned law enforcement officers" and disputing that there's racial bias in policing in a post on internal company messaging boards, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday. According to The Daily Beast, the backlash w...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Washington, Trends, Capitol Hill, Black Lives Matter, The Daily Beast, Racial Discrimination, Zuckerberg, Kenosha, BuzzFeed News, House Financial Services Committee, Racial Bias, Daily Beast, Kenosha Wisconsin


Relying on automated takedowns, YouTube removed more videos in April-June than it ever has

The pandemic resulted in YouTube removing highest number of videos in a single quarter in its history. The company said it removed twice as many videos in April-June 2020 as compared to the first three months of the year. As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated in March, YouTube, like other platforms, modified its content moderation policies to reduce reliance on human reviewers and bank more on automated systems. Human reviewers would have maintained higher accuracy, but would leave a lot of harmf...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, Usa, News, Youtube, India, Social Media, Intermediary Liability, Nyu, Medianama, Content Moderation


Reddit removes 7,000 subreddits spreading hateful content

Reddit has banned nearly 7,000 subreddits including repeat offenders under its newly revised moderation policy. The banned subreddits include those with names and descriptions that were inherently harmful, those with a large fraction of hateful content, and those that positively engage with hateful content. This was posted by Reddit user u/worstnerd, a member of the platform’s safety team. What was the impact of the removal? The purge led to a 18% reduction in users posting hateful content, as c...
Tags: Travel, News, Social Media, Reddit, Content Moderation, US Reddit


Amidst a divestment deadline, TikTok removes over 4 lakh videos in the US for being hateful

As Bytedance races to divest its American assets on a deadline, TikTok has detailed some of its policies against hate speech, stating that content around race-based harassment, male supremacy, organised hate groups and associated acts, will fall under hate speech, and it will act on them. TikTok has removed accounts, videos for being hateful: The company, which is being vied for acquisition by  Oracle and Microsoft, said it has removed over 380,000 videos, 1,300 accounts, and 64,000 hateful comm...
Tags: Travel, Usa, News, Microsoft, China, India, US, Social Media, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Oracle, Lgtbq, North America Australia, China Trump, Content Moderation, Bytedance


TikTok: Our Biggest Problem Is Dumb, Horny Teens

It’s hard not to feel bad for TikTok. Back in 2018, we were calling the short-form video monolith the only app that was still capable of wringing anything close to “unbridled joy” out of our jaded, miserable lives. Less than two years later, it’s facing a potential ban from our sitting president and an exile from its…Read more...
Tags: Transparency, Science, Content Moderation, Tiktok


Twitter is ‘improving’ how it labels misleading 5G and coronavirus content, after mislabelling unrelated tweets

Twitter said that it is working towards improving the process of how it labels tweets containing incorrect information about 5G or the coronavirus after it incorrectly labelled unrelated tweets with a COVID-19 fact check. “In the last few weeks, you may have seen Tweets with labels linking to additional info about COVID-19. Not all of those Tweets had potentially misleading content associating COVID-19 and 5G. We apologize for any confusion and we’re working to improve our labeling process,” the...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, Minneapolis, US, Donald Trump, Trump, Yashar Ali, Content Moderation, Coronavirus, George Floyd, Siraj Hashmi Twitter Source


TikTok chalks out its content recommendation algorithm, and the problems that it faces

TikTok’s recommended feed page, called “For You” is one of the defining features of the platform, and with around 2 billion app users, significant real estate for advertisers. The company in a blog post last week, for the first time, revealed how its recommendation system works, and some of the challenges that it has to address to make sure that users don’t end up seeing similar videos. The bottom line: When a new video is uploaded to TikTok, it first shows it to a small user base, who the platf...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, Lgbtq, Tiananmen Square, Content Moderation, Zack King, Tiktok, National Commission for Women TikTok, Nazma Aapi


Trump shared a deceptive video blaming ‘fake news.’ Twitter just labeled it as fake

The same day that Facebook removed a set of Trump campaign ads for violating the company’s rules against hate symbols, the president continued to push the envelope with his social media presence. On Thursday night, Trump shared a crudely edited video of two children with a fake CNN chyron reading “Terrified todler [sic] runs from racist baby.” Ironically, the video goes on to declare “America is not the problem, fake news is.” The video, which had 7.9 million views at the time of writing, quic...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Cook, White House, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Cnn, Donald Trump, Trump, Misinformation, Twitter Trump, Trump Administration, Content Moderation


‘Social media sites need to stop outsourcing online content moderation,’ says an NYU report

A report on content moderation by New York University recommends that content moderation, which is central to the work of all social media platforms, must no longer be outsourced but be included within the main fold of the platforms. In terms of numbers, 15,000 workers, majority of those employed by third-party vendors, moderate Facebook and Instagram; 10,000 moderators moderate YouTube and other Google products; Twitter has 1,500 moderators. As per the report, published by Professor Paul M. Bar...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, News, Instagram, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, Social Media, Kenya, Myanmar, Rohingya, Silicon Valley, Ucla


Social media platforms must protect democracy, even from the president

Margaret Sessa-Hawkins Contributor Share on Twitter Margaret Sessa-Hawkins is a MapLight contributor and journalist who focuses on the influence of deceptive online political messaging. Ann M. Ravel Contributor Share on Twitter Ann M. Ravel is the Digital Deception Project Director at MapLight and previously served as chair of the Federal Electio...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Column, Twitter, Opinion, US, Tech, United States, Digital Media, President, Miami, Michigan, Nevada, Republican Party, ANN


Facebook Mods Sign Letter Protesting Zuckerberg's Stance on Trump Threats, Conspiracy Theories

A group of Facebook moderators has joined many of the firm’s staff in calling out CEO Mark Zuckerberg over his bullshit refusal to take actions against posts by Donald Trump that clearly violate its rules, the Guardian reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Social Media, Racism, Guardian, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Content Moderation, George Floyd Protests


Study: Facebook is skimping on moderation, and it’s harming the public

The report explores the consequences of lax moderation and offers solutions
Tags: Facebook, News, Trends, Social Media, Section 230, Content Moderation




Facebook employees are speaking out against the company’s policies

They're angry that Facebook won't block posts promoting violence
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Trends, Social Media, Web, Freedom Of Speech, Facebook Employees, Content Moderation


YouTube says that an error caused comments critical of China’s government to auto-delete

YouTube responded to reports that it is automatically deleting comments criticizing the Chinese government on Tuesday, explaining that the seeming censorship is actually an error in its automated moderation systems. As the Verge reported, comments on the platform using the Chinese phrases for “communist bandit” or “50-cent party“—two terms tied to criticisms of the Chinese Communist Party were taken down almost instantly, even if those comments were positive. The latter term (五毛 or “wumao dan...
Tags: Google, TC, Youtube, Government, China, America, Tech, Chinese communist party, Palmer Luckey, Content Moderation


Facebook settles class action suit by content moderators for $52 million

In a huge recognition of the emotional toll content moderation takes on the moderators, Facebook has agreed to pay its current and former moderators $52 million as compensation for job-related mental health issues, the Verge reported on May 12. In addition to the compensation, Facebook will also provide counselling services to them at work, as […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Content Moderation, Online Content Moderation


France to Platforms: Remove Terrorism and Pedophilia-Related Content in One Hour or Else

The nation of France has approved a new law that will force tech giants to delete terrorism and pedophilia-related content from sites in as little as an hour or be exposed to fines that could total up to four percent of global revenue, Reuters reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Youtube, France, Free Speech, Platforms, Reuters, Moderation, Content Moderation


Facebook Announces Members of Its Oversight Board, Says Its Decisions Will be 'Binding'

Since its inception, Facebook has been ruled more or less like an autocracy, with its majority shareholder, who also happens to be CEO, reigning supreme. As Facebook chronicler Steven Levy wrote in Wired earlier this year: “At Facebook, Zuck’s word is law.”Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Steven Levy, Content Moderation, Facebook Zuck, supreme As Facebook


Facebook users are buying and selling pangolin parts, even though it’s illegal

In spite of their protected status under international laws, pangolins remain one of the most trafficked animals in the world — and at least some of that trade is taking place right out in the open on Facebook . A new report from tech watchdog group the Tech Transparency Project details how Facebook users are engaged in the sale of illegally trafficked pangolin parts, even though the practice is illegal and prohibited by Facebook itself. In one example, a public page of Facebook called “Pangol...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, China, Tech, Wildlife, Vietnam, Content Moderation, Coronavirus, Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19


Facebook’s $1,000 bonus only applies to full-time employees working from home, not contractors

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an internal memo earlier this week that the company will give employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic a $1,000 cash bonus. But, as the Intercept first reported, contractors will not receive the bonus. When TechCrunch asked Facebook why contractors won’t get the bonus, a company spokesperson sent us a statement similar to the one it gave the Intercept, saying that “The $1,000 is for full-time employees who are working from home. For contrac...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Texas, Microsoft, Tech, Bbc, Contractors, Zuckerberg, Alex Wilhelm, Content Moderation, Jonathan Shieber, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Joe Rivano Barros, Worker Agency


TikTok brings in outside experts to help it craft moderation and content policies

In October, TikTok tapped corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise the company on its moderation policies and other topics afflicting social media platforms. As a part of those efforts, TikTok said it would form a new committee of experts to advise the business on topics like child safety, hate speech, misinformation, bullying, and other potential problems. Today, TikTok is announcing the technology and safety experts who will be the company’s first committee members. The committee, known as the T...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Apps, Hong Kong, Government, China, Singapore, Censorship, Tech, Ireland, Council, Advisory Council, Nunziato, K L Gates, George Washington University Law School, David Ryan Polgar


Reliance on automated content takedowns needs to be reconsidered: MediaNama’s take

A day after Facebook finally announced that it would send home all its contract workers who moderate content and will rely on automated content removals, people around the world, including in India, reported that Facebook was marking legitimate news articles, including those about COVID-19, as spam. One such article that Facebook marked as spam was […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Views, Medianama, Content Moderation, Coronavirus


TikTok to open a ‘Transparency Center’ where outside experts can examine its moderation practices

TikTok, the popular social media app owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, has been under a national security investigation by U.S. lawmakers who have raised concerns about the company’s access to U.S. user data and whether it was censoring content at the behest of the Chinese government. Today, TikTok tries to combat these concerns with the opening of a “Transparency Center” that will allow outside experts to examine and verify TikTok’s practices. The new facility in TikTok’s L.A. office wil...
Tags: Social, Apps, Hong Kong, Washington Post, China, Singapore, Censorship, Tech, Bbc, Ireland, Lizzo, Content Moderation, Bytedance, Tiktok, Vanessa Pappas, Roland Cloutier


YouTube’s Plan to Stop Recommending Conspiracy Theory Videos Is Actually Working

The YouTube algorithm is responsible for many a video-viewing rabbit hole—one that critics have pointed to as an effective digital megaphone for spreading wonky conspiracy theories. In January 2019, however, YouTube announced it would begin cracking down on “borderline content” in its recommendations. Well, a Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Algorithms, Conspiracy Theories, Content Moderation


Teen hit Yolo raises $8M to let you Snapchat anonymously

It wasn’t a fad. Yolo became the country’s No. 1 app just a week after launch by letting teens ask for anonymous replies to questions they posted on Snapchat. But nine months later, Yolo is still in the top 100 iOS apps and has 10 million active users. Now it’s safeguarding the app from predators while revealing a smart new feature for spinning up anonymous group chats, powered by $8 million in fresh funding. “What we are trying to build is a new kind of network where there’s a fluidity to ident...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Safety, Developer, Funding, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Zynga, Paris, Anonymity