Hate Speech

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Facebook Inc's Instagram is rolling out a feature to prevent users from viewing possibly abusive messages by filtering offensive words, phrases and emojis on the photo-sharing app.

The company said on Wednesday that along with the filter option for abusive direct messages, it will also make it harder for people blocked by users to circumvent and contact them through new accounts.

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Social media platforms took steps during the second half of 2020 towards addressing misinformation related to the U.S. presidential election and COVID-19, but a new study says more must be done.

An audit conducted by advertising agency IPG Mediabrands examined how well the top nine social media platforms in the world adhered to media responsibility standards, including protecting children’s wellbeing, giving more transparency to advertisers, policy enforcement and user c...

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In its first set of decisions, Facebook’s oversight board directed the social media company to restore several posts taken down for breaking its rules on hate speech, COVID-19 misinformation and nudity.

On Thursday, the independent board overruled Facebook in four of the five cases and gave the company seven days to put the posts back online.

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Apple Inc and Inc have suspended Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting service, saying the social networking service popular with many right-leaning social media users has not taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence.

The action by Apple and Amazon follows a similar move by Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday. Parler is favored by many supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, and it is seen as a haven for people expelled from Twitter.

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Unilever Plc said it would resume advertising on Facebook Inc, Instagram and Twitter Inc in the United States after pausing in June due to divisiveness and hate speech on the platforms during the U.S. election period.

The consumer goods company said here on Thursday it plans to end the advertising pause next month and would continue to scrutinize the platforms in the post-election period.

Unilever earlier this year joined an advertising boycott against Facebook as part of the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign started by U.S. civil rights groups after the death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis who died while in police custody on May 25.

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Facebook Inc’s independent Oversight Board announced on Tuesday the first six cases where it could overrule the social media company’s decisions to remove certain pieces of content from its platforms.

The board, which Facebook created in response to criticism of its handling of problematic content, said it had received 20,000 cases since it opened its doors in October.

Three of the six cases involved content that Facebook removed for breaking hate speech rules.