Facebook gives way to campaign against hate speech on its pages

Facebook has bowed to an outcry over content promoting violence against women after advertisers pulled ads in protest.The company said on Tuesday it would update its policies on hate speech, increase accountability of content creators and train staff to be more responsive to complaints, marking a victory for women’s rights activists. “We need to do better – and we will,” it said in a statement.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/29/facebook-campaign-violence-against-womenAlso see:Facebook Says It Failed to Bar Posts With Hate Speech
Facebook on Tuesday acknowledged that its systems to identify and remove hate speech had not worked effectively, as it faced pressure from feminist groups that want the site to ban pages that glorify violence against women.The activists, who sent more than 5,000 e-mails to Facebook’s advertisers and elicited more than 60,000 posts on Twitter, also prompted Nissan and more than a dozen smaller companies to say that they would withdraw advertising from the site.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/business/media/facebook-says-it-failed-to-stop-misogynous-pages.htmlFacebook Bolstering Efforts to Address Hate Speech
Facebook Inc. plans to bolster efforts to keep hate speech off its pages amid complaints the site allowed content that encourages violence against women, prompting at least one company to suspend advertisements.Nissan Motor Co.’s U.K. unit temporarily halted some Facebook ads that could have shown its promotions next to offensive content after the group Women, Action, & the Media criticized the social network’s response to complaints. Facebook said it will review guidelines for evaluating content that may violate its standards, and will update training for teams that review reports on hate speech.
www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-28/facebook-to-bolster-efforts-to-deal-with-hate-speech-on-website.htmlFacebook sexism campaign attracts thousands online
Thousands of protesters are demanding tougher action from Facebook over posts that they say degrade women.More than 50,000 have tweeted in support of the FBrape campaign and around 5,000 have emailed brands whose advertising appears around the content.The campaign focuses on content that portrays rape and violence against women positively. Facebook has removed many examples already.

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