Facebook combats reports on how AI has little effect on hate speech.

Facebook is currently the largest social media platform in the world. With around 3 billion monthly active users they are certainly a big part of everyone’s lives.

Hate speech has been for ages and laws have been created around the very start of the internet to prevent such activity. With the growing platform many have questioned the reliability of the AI that blocks the hate speech on the platform.

With many teens currently using Instagram, Facebook, or its other platforms, I too have questioned the reliability of the AI which can certainly add onto the already growing cyber security suicide among teens. However even with the growing number and doubts from the public, a Facebook executive stated that hate speech on the platform declined 50%.

The company has been under more scrutiny to do a better job of moderating content especially after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, which underscored how online hate can spill into the real world.

But Facebook contends that prevalence of hate content on the platform has declined nearly 50% in the past three quarters to about 0.05% of content view, or about 5 out of every 10,000 views.

The company has been spending more time in the weeks after Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee-turned-whistleblower, disclosed thousands of documents and internal communications that showed Facebook was aware of the dangers of its products but downplayed these effects publicly. Lawmakers across the political spectrum have so far responded with renewed interest in holding Facebook to account.

Haugen appeared before a US Senate subcommittee earlier this month and alleged that Facebook’s products “harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized Haugen’s testimony, saying it presented a “false picture” of the social network.


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