Facebook reviews policy on hate speech
British based Everyday Sexism Project, US writer Soraya Chemaly and the creator of Women, Action & the Media, Jaclyn Friedman, launched a campaign just last week that has forced Facebook to reevaluate their classifications of ‘hate speech’.
The campaign wanted Facebook to have stricter regulations over their content due to the amount of pages and posts on the platform that joke about violence against women. Supporters emailed, Tweeted using the hashtag #Fbrape and supported the campaign via Facebook. More than 5,000 emails and 60,000 tweets were sent to companies whose adverts were being featured on these Facebook pages. The posts and groups in question joke about rape and domestic violence and feature images such as Rihanna with a beaten face captioned ‘Chris Brown’s greatest hits’.
Although adverts are user, not page, targeted at least 15 advertisers pulled their adverts from the social platform, including Nationwide UK and Nissan UK. Facebook released a statement on Tuesday promising to review what they class as ‘hate speech’ and train their moderation staff in conjunction with this. A lot of these images until now have been classed as ‘distasteful humour’ and not deemed offensive enough to be pulled from the site. Facebook has been dubious with such actions due to their stance on free speech and did not want to undermine the basis that the platform is based on.
Facebook’s statement read: ‘In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate…We need to do better – and we will.’
Twitter updates iOS app
Twitter has carried out some key updates to their app. The changes are mainly visual, including the ability to preview a tweet before posting. This update takes the app up to version 5.7.
The design has been updated to a wider timeline span throughout the entire app. When tweeting photos from the mobile app, a full preview will be given pre-tweet, instead of the previous cropped version. There will also be an easier way to share photos; an icon will be shown in the bottom of the Tweet box that will allow users to access their camera roll with one tap. In line with this, users will be able to see their avatar and username in their tweet composing, to give a better impression of how their tweet will actually look.
Twitter is also making the app simpler to use. Users with multiple accounts will now be able to select the account they want to use simply by tapping on their avatar. A notification will now also be sent out to users when a friend joins the platform, along with several bug fixes for the app. The updates will be a welcome inclusion to an app that is probably one of the most used.
Facebook introduces verified accounts
Taking a leaf out of Twitter’s book, Facebook have decided to introduce the little blue ‘tick’ system to popular, well known and celebrity accounts. The tick will be displayed next to the owner’s name in the social platform; this includes search results and anywhere else on Facebook the page may appear. The ‘ticks’ started rolling out on Wednesday.
Pinterest to revise nudity policy
Pinterest have decided to revise its policy on nudity and pins showing nudity to be pinned by users. The social platform has had numerous complaints from artists and photographers regarding their strict policy when it comes to uploading images containing nudity:
There are already a lot of posts that feature different degrees of nudity so Pinterest may just be following what their users are doing. Obviously Pinterest is very visual so it makes sense that there are many artists using it and the current policy just won’t fall in line with a lot of their work.
Pinterest told FT “Pinterest is about expressing your passions and people are passionate about art and that may include nudes. So we’re going to try to accommodate that,”