Facebook executives: as long as there is hatred in the world, there will be on Facebook


Sina science and technology news on the evening of June 30, Beijing time, according to foreign media reports, Steve Hatch, head of Facebook’s UK market, said today that when there is hatred in the world, there will be hatred on Facebook. Many companies continue to boycott Facebook out of fear of persistent hate speech.
On June 17th, six non-profit organizations launched the “stop hate for profit” campaign, which argued that Facebook had not done enough to remove divisive, racist and hateful content.
So far, more than 160 companies, including Unilever, Verizon, Coca Cola, Ford, Adidas, HP, Starbucks, P & G and Honda, have announced that they have suspended advertising on Facebook.
In response, hutch, who is also Facebook’s vice president of Nordic markets, said today that Facebook was doing everything it could to address the hate talk on its platform. “We started solving this problem many years ago and invested millions of dollars in teams and systems,” hatch said in an interview
“When it comes to hate speech, our system can now automatically detect and delete 90% of hate speech. Of course, it’s still not perfect, but it’s a big improvement from 23% a few years ago. ”
But on June 4, the No. 1 post on Facebook was a video claiming that George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by the police, was a “terrible man” and “racially motivated police brutality is a myth.”. The video received 24 million hits in 19 hours.
White House staff member Ben Rhodes said on twitter in early June: “Facebook profits from an algorithm that” bulges hate speech. “. The worse we are, the better they are. Their business model undermines social cohesion. ”
Hutch said he “totally disagrees” with this statement. “Hateful content is unprofitable,” he said
“Three billion people around the world are using our platform, tens of billions of messages and posts are exchanged, and there is a small part of hate speech, but we have done our best and will continue to do so in the future,” hatch said. But as long as there is hatred in the world, so will Facebook. ”
Although hutch acknowledged that there was hate speech on Facebook, he also stressed: “our platform has zero tolerance for hate speech.” (Li Ming)