It would begin enforcing new hate speech rules to shutter accounts that promote violence against citizens to further their causes said by Twitter yesterday.
The same day it suspended the accounts of the far right British hate group, Britain First, along with the accounts of its leader Paul Golding, and deputy Jayda Fran-sen.
Fran-sen, whose far right anti-Muslim hate group has never achieved any sniff of electoral success, last month after president Trump retweeted three anti-muslim videos she had shared to his 44.8M followers — earning a personal rebuke from the UK prime minister,was nonetheless thrust into the mainstream limelight and condemnation from MPs across the domestic political spectrum for amplifying hate speech.
last year she was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment after abusing a Muslim woman who was wearing a hijab,For a little wider context on Fran-sen.
Both her and Golding were also arrested in the UK earlier this week on charges relating to behavior intended to or likely to stir up hatred in Northern Ireland.
Curiously, a which Tech Crunch carried out today initially resulted in the first suggestion being@real Donald Trump‘s account ‘Twitter People’ search for ‘Jayda Fran-sen’ .
Some minutes after his account was no longer being algorithmic-ally linked to Fran-sen — suggesting some human eyes at the company had locked onto the recommendation AI’s problem.
The three posts that Trump retweeted from his personal account last year also appear to now be gone from his feed — presumably as a result of the account being shut down made by Fransen .
Last month telling CNN that there “may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability” Twitter faced criticism for not removing the three tweets — but defended its action, .
the spokesperson added then “Each situation is evaluated on a case by case basis and ultimately decided upon by a cross-functional team,” .
Weeks on, the Britain First “case” appears to be closed — insofar as Twitter is concerned.
However it’s a different story where the group’s Facebook page has more than 1.9M likes — and includes a shop where Facebook users can make a donation to the hate group or pay the hate group to become a member on Facebook .
Facebook, the company refuses to respond to my repeated requests to explain why it doesn’t contravene its rules where its page has 1.9m likes, remains the key social media platform for Britain First.
Last month YouTube also confirmed a major policy shift regarding extremist content — saying it would be broadening take downs to expand out from videos that directly incite violence to also removing non-violent extremist content.
On its Facebook page Britain First can also be found complaining that YouTube is now demonetizing and gating its videos behind warning notices.
Earlier this year the Google-owned platform faced an advertiser backlash when marketing was shown being displayed alongside hateful and offensive content — and said it would be taking “a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content.”
Although, in this example, it does not appear that Alphabet/Google is removing Britain First videos entirely.
Rather from their far right fringe activities it’s making it tough for the group to use its mainstream platform to profit .
We asked Facebook why it continues to allow the hate group to maintain a presence on its platform — which is demonstrably being used as a route for fundraising but Facebook declined to comment.
Instead from Facebook’s self-styled ‘Hard Questions‘ series, on the topic of hate speech.In the post, Facebook’s Richard Allan, VP EMEA public policy,a spokeswoman pointed us to this company blog, writes [emphasis mine]: “Our current definition of hate speech is anything that directly attacks people based on what are known as their “protected characteristics” — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, or serious disability or disease.”
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