Nov 16, 2020

Kamala Harris: Facebook removes racist posts about US vice-president-elect

Facebook has taken down a string of racist and misogynistic posts, memes and comments about US Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris. Despite the pages being places where hate-speech is regularly directed towards the vice-president-elect, Facebook said it would not take action on the groups themselves. Facebook has been repeatedly criticised by advertisers and civil-rights groups for not doing enough to tackle hate speech. Rishad Robinson, from the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, told BBC News Facebook had "Created a set of algorithms that incentivise people to spread hate". Facebook's own civil-rights audit, in August, said the company had made "Vexing and heartbreaking" decisions about hate speech that represented "Significant setbacks for civil rights".

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