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Facebook blames 'bug' for unusual hate speech prompt

02 May 2018

It appeared to be a glitch because the question was asked below every single post on some user feeds.

Indeed, this would explain why the question "Does this post contain hate speech?" was seemingly showing up on every post earlier today. The Times spoke with advocacy groups who flag alarming content to Facebook, but they say not much is being done.

Tuesday was also the first day of F8, the social network's annual developer conference, where it was expected to address numerous privacy changes and quality-control measures put in effect since it was reported that data firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly abused the private information of up to 87 million Facebook users for political operations.

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

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"This was an internal test we were working on to understand different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate", a Facebook spokesperson told Fortune. We expect to see a number of announcements related to News Feed, which Facebook is constantly tinkering with. Many immediately questioned if the feature was test - perhaps a premature one - from Facebook, which has made eliminating hate speech a priority. Last week, it published its previously secret guidelines for censors for the first time.

He tweeted one of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's posts as an example.

But artificial intelligence needs data so it can be trained. Regardless of what the initiative will ultimately look like, its accidental launch shows that Facebook is trying to do more to stop hate speech.

Facebook blames 'bug' for unusual hate speech prompt