Technology giant Facebook reported the deletion of 22.5 million messages from users on its platform between April and June, a 130 percent increase over the 9.6 million posts deleted in the first quarter of this year.
Facebook said it had applied its criteria to messages generally described as “hate speech” and that the large increase in repression was due to adjustments made to the automatic system used in these cases, according to its August report.
“The change was largely driven by the increase in proactive detection as driven through the technology that we have been working on,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, according to Bloomberg on Aug. 11.
The system checks for messages that refer to “race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious illness or disability,” according to the Facebook page.
Notwithstanding its statements, this platform has been accused of suppressing messages according to unfair criteria, at least with respect to pages and messages from affiliates that broadcast conservative content.
President Donald Trump’s campaign accused powerful social media of “blatant bias” after Facebook withdrew a video for allegedly violating its policies on publishing information about the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
“Another day, another example of Silicon Valley’s blatant bias against this President, where the rules only apply in one direction. Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth,” criticized Courtney Parella, the national deputy press secretary for the campaign, quoted by NBC News on Aug. 5.
Civil rights groups claim that Facebook does not comply with its policies on hate speech and misinformation, so it organized an advertising boycott in July.
Also, a recent civil rights audit found that Facebook did not fulfill its policies on suppressing voters who follow President Trump.
Leading Democratic legislators on the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee urged members of the new Facebook Content Oversight Board to influence changes in moderation policies.
“We believe the Oversight Board will be unable to address the damage Facebook is inflicting on society unless Facebook itself amends its content policies or empowers a truly independent Oversight Board to render binding decisions that cannot be overruled by Mark Zuckerberg or his subordinates,” wrote Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), supported by two other senior officials of the committee, according to Bloomberg.