Facebook Tests Out New Hate Speech Button For Some Users

A mysterious glitch on Facebook asked if every single post was 'hate speech'

Facebook Hate Speech Feature Was Released Accidentally

Should you click "yes", this broken "feedback" pop-up follows. It's not clear how many users were affected, but for those who were, the internal feature showed up in every timeline post, including advertisements.

Is Facebook stepping up its efforts to combat hate speech?

And now Twitter is getting all the laughs over a Facebook hate speech update gone wrong. However, if the user selects the "yes" option, another pop-up box appears which gives the user the option to confirm that the post contains hate speech or select the three other test options.

The premature launch was blamed on a "bug".

As for hate speech, it is a problem across social media-on Twitter and YouTube, too-where the platforms walk a fine line between preventing abuse and restricting speech.

It would appear that due to the presence of these seemingly unfinished options as well as the fact that Facebook ended up pulling the option from their site just a few hours ago, this was only a test run for Facebook.

A spokesman provided the following comment:"This was an internal test we were working on to understand different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate".

The notifications no longer appear below Facebook posts.

But Facebook said it didn't mean to deploy the hate-speech question, calling its appearance the accidental release of an in-house experiment.

Facebook is holding its "F8" conference on Tuesday, and CEO Mark Zuckberg said he plans "to share more about the work we're doing to keep people safe".

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