The article that follows is the first instalment of “Who Controls the Platform?”—a multi-part Quillette series authored by social-media insiders. Our editors invite submissions to this series, which may be directed to [email protected]quillette.com. In late August, I wrote a note to my then-colleagues at Facebook about the issues I saw with political diversity inside the company. You may have read it, because someone leaked the memo to the New York Times, and it spread outward rapidly from there. Since then, a lot has happened, including my departure from Facebook. I never intended my memos to leak publicly—they were written for an internal corporate audience. But now that I’ve left the company, there’s a lot more I can say about how I got involved, how Facebook’s draconian content policy evolved, and what I think should be done to fix it. * * * My job at Facebook never had anything to do with politics, speech, or content policy—not officially. I was hired as a software engineer, and I eventually led a number of product teams, …
RT @epkaufm: Ex Facebook employee on how a minority of woke activist employees enforced a moral order and pushed an anti-‘hate speech’ agenda against the cautious instincts of moderate figures like Zuckerberg and Sandberg https://t.co/7xTGQL91oq via @Quillette
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If you think this is reasonable, then you probably haven't looked closely at how Facebook defines "Attack." Simply saying you dislike someone with reference to a "Protected characteristic" or applying a form of moral judgment are both technically considered "Tier-2." hate speech attacks, and are prohibited on the platform.
The rules are ignored to insulate Facebook from "PR Risk." Other times, the rules are applied more stringently when governments that are more likely to fine or regulate Facebook might get involved.
The Facebook hate speech policy has no such solid foundation because "Hate speech" is not a valid concept in the first place.
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