A nonprofit, independent organization, which specializes in professional investigative journalism just published a midweek report that exposed Facebook as a typical, white male-dominated, and publicly traded company with a passion for institutionalizing racism and sexism.
According to ProPublica.org, Facebook’s censorship apparatus has been creating an argosy of regulations that are designed to identify and eliminate the use of hateful speech on the company’s platform. However, a mother lode of leaked documents revealed that Facebook’s censors are concerned with prioritizing a favored demographic.
Facebook’s censorship apparatus developed algorithms, which are used to help discern between what is ethically sound political or social expression and genuine hate mongering. These algorithms are conduits for developing new protections that Facebook users can utilize to shield themselves from cyber abuse.
The problem is that a quiz taken by Facebook’s censors during this process showed that female motorists and black children are not focal points for these new protections. ProPublica’s June 28th report goes into great detail to describe the biased and intricate reasoning that Facebook’s censors apply in order to implement their supremacist agenda.
“White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets because one of their characteristics is not protected,” wrote Julia Angwin and Hannes Grassegger, the authors of the recent ProPublica report.
A day before the scathing dossier of dirt was revealed by ProPublica, Facebook published a rather long blog post via its online newsroom titled Hard Questions: Who Should Decide What is Hate Speech in an Online Global Community? However, the social media giant’s attempt to emulate good corporate citizenship was short-lived.
“We are exploring a better process by which to log our reports and removals, for more meaningful and accurate data,” wrote Richard Allan, a Facebook Vice President of Public Policy in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Though it was written professionally, Mr. Allan’s policy script offers no explanation for the racially incendiary foul-up that was in the process of being shown to the world. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s very visible CEO has not made a public statement to confirm or deny the revelations made in ProPublica’s damning exposé.