A word of caution will now be given to Instagram users whose accounts are close to being banned. In a new policy, Instagram outlines a new appeals process and a notification warning for content violators.
Apps/Software July 20, 2019
Twitter tests a new update that helps users figure out who started a thread. The 'Original Tweeter' label will now appear beside a username, though only a limited number of users can see it for now.
Apps/Software January 25, 2019
A leaked training manual revealed that Facebook is banning images of Pepe the Frog when used in the context of hate. Normal images of the cartoon character are fine.
Internet May 25, 2018
Twitch just laid down a revised set of policies to combat harassment, sexual content, and hate speech proliferating the site. Surprisingly, the policies extend beyond its own platform.
Internet February 9, 2018
An investigation into Facebook’s handling of hate speech finds moderators apply actions unevenly. Facebook apologized for its mistakes after the results of the investigation were made public.
Internet December 30, 2017
Twitter is working to enforce its current rules on abuse more aggressively, and roll out new policies on unwanted sexual advances and propaganda, according to CEO Jack Dorsey. This follows a widespread boycott of the platform.
Internet October 15, 2017
Facebook has released a post explaining its policy on hate speech including how so much goes unnoticed. How does Facebook hope to improve in the future?
Internet June 29, 2017
An Austrian court just ordered Facebook to take down all posts deemed as hate speech, as well as all verbatim reposts. The ruling extends beyond Austrian borders, as it forces Facebook to remove hateful content worldwide.
Internet May 9, 2017
AT&T and Verizon have decided to remove their ads from YouTube over videos promoting hateful speech and terrorism. Google pledged to give advertisers more control over ad placement, but apparently it didn't move fast enough.
Internet March 23, 2017
A justice minister in Germany proposes a bill that could possibly fine social networks as high as $53 million if they will not take action on illegal hate messages made through their platforms.
Internet March 17, 2017
Valentine’s Day didn’t go well for YouTube star PewDiePie. Following the move of Disney-owned Maker Studios, YouTube has also decided to reprimand Felix Kjellberg over his controversial anti-Semitic videos.
Internet February 14, 2017
The European Union wants tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft to deal with hate speech swiftly. The EU may have to enact laws forcing these companies to be fast while dealing with hateful content.
Internet December 5, 2016
Twitter has been cracking down on racist trolls and online abuse, and as a result, a number of alt-right accounts are suspended. Prominent alt-right leader Richard Spencer, whom Twitter also blocked, calls it "corporate Stalinism" with "execution squads across the alt-right."
Internet November 17, 2016
German prosecutors have launched an investigation into Facebook's practices regarding hate speech, and they're going after the company's top executives. Mark Zuckerberg and others are under investigation for potential hate speech and criminal incitement.
Business Tech November 4, 2016
Donald Trump's recent posts about Muslin immigration have fired a heated debate at Facebook headquarters. Facebook employees want to remove the posts as hate speech, but Zuckerberg said no.
Internet October 21, 2016
Instagram has just rolled out text filters to block unwanted, hateful and abusive comments, but will it succeed? Twitter released similar tools last month, and trolls still managed to bypass the filters.
Internet September 12, 2016
Microsoft has launched a new web form that allows you to report hate speech easily, and to make sure anyone can use it without a problem, here's a short guide on how to use it.
Microsoft August 29, 2016
As an increasing number of companies are trying to combat online abuse, Microsoft is amping up its efforts as well. The company has now rolled out new resources to counter online hate speech across its services.
Microsoft August 27, 2016
Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to European regulations to combat illegal online hate speech. As part of a new code of conduct, the companies pledge to review and, if necessary, remove hateful speech within 24 hours.
Internet June 1, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg said during an event in Berlin that more is yet to be done to get rid of hate speech on Facebook. He added that violent posts have no place on the social media site.
Society February 27, 2016
Facebook updates its Community Standards to let people know what it allows on its platform and what it doesn’t.
Internet March 16, 2015
Just in time for World AIDS Day, Steven Anderson delivered a sermon aimed at eradicating the disease in time for Christmas. His intentions were good but his methods? Not so much.
Life December 6, 2014
Social media hot mom Maria Kang was banned on Facebook for two days after posting an alleged hate speech targeting obese women.
Society November 30, 2013