Facebook Hate Speech Feature Was Released Accidentally

Facebook Hate Speech Feature Was Released Accidentally

The prompts did not appear on every user's feed, according to media reports, but appeared on every post, including sponsored ones.

All of these are questions that Facebook will have to clearly answer if they plan on making the hate speech button a permanent feature.

Indeed, this would explain why the question "Does this post contain hate speech?" was seemingly showing up on every post earlier today.

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However, Facebook determined a bug caused the internal feature to launch publicly.

At about 11 a.m Eastern time on Tuesday, people started to notice a really odd new question on Facebook. Business Insider observed the glitch on one of our accounts.

A Facebook spokeswoman told the Daily News the company was trying "to understand different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate".

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The notifications no longer appear below Facebook posts.

Though the feature for reporting hate speech was removed from the site, Facebook already has standards in place for what it considers hate speech.

We've reached out to Facebook for comment on this unusual hate speech dialog box, and will update this article when we hear back. Last week, it published its previously secret guidelines for censors for the first time.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes a drink while testifying before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing regarding the companys use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018.

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