Earlier this week we shared our thoughts on Facebook and the involvement in the Christchurch Terror attack.
Today CNN Business reported on Facebook announcing on Wednesday that it would ban all “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism” on Facebook and Instagram.
Paul writes “If all this sounds familiar, it’s because sadly it is. This is not the first time Facebook has declared it will take action in this way.
In April 2016, Robert Godwin, a 74-year-old grandfather, was shot and killed in Cleveland, Ohio having been chosen at random by a killer who broadcast it live on Facebook.
At the time CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook’s annual developer conference, “We have a lot of work [to do], and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening”. In May of 2017, the company announced plans to add 3000 more staff to review user content to help battle violent videos.
Not much has changed. Today’s announcement sounds awfully hollow in light of the lack of action since 2016 and does little to assuage anyone’s concerns about the company and its ability to self-regulate.
Facebook Live will continue to be unmonitored and unmanaged. Having a room full of content moderators is a good step forward, but given the vast amount of video footage that is uploaded every second of the day, Facebook must invest more in machine learning and automated systems that can identify and root out such content before any human sees it.”
Paul draws a simial conclusion we did; it’s not in the financial interest of Facebook, so not much will change… I hold out hope that the media giant that was built around its end user, actually remembers it needs an audience to be in business…
There is also the underlying issue that we are not addressing, can we blame Facebook? Should we not be concerned with the nature of humanity to feel that it’s ok to share hate based content? Facebook is just the platform, but it’s us that hits that ‘share’ button… Much like the Momo Challenge if we stop sharing this rubbish, the narcissist hate mongers lose the platform of speech. DO we need Facebook to parent us all? Or should we take responsibility for what is right, when we see something that is wrong, block it!
Let’s be proactive; sure Facebook will make changes. Slowly, but they are unlikely to catch all and everything. The best thing we can do is be vigilant, look after our eyeballs and those of our children, block the hate, stop watching the hurt, let’s use the tools we have to focus on the love and the good things that networks like Facebook allow us to share.