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Big Advertisers, Social Media Giants Define Hate Speech

Alliance has agreement on 11 types of harmful content

(Newser) - Social media companies and many of their biggest advertisers have agreed to work together on hate speech—starting by identifying it. They report already having a consensus on 11 definitions of harmful content, Axios reports. The effort involves the Global Alliance for Responsible Media , created last year to ensure brand... More »

Facebook Meeting With Boycotters Was Rough

Zuckerberg and Co. wanted 'A for attendance,' met no real demands, activists say

(Newser) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met virtually with civil rights and activist groups who've helped organize a massive advertiser boycott of the social network, and as CNN reports, "it did not go well." Facebook spokesman Andy Stone later expressed gratitude to the organizers "for their continued engagement"... More »

Twitter's New Red Flag: You Really Want to Tweet That?

Experiment will ask users if they actually want to put up replies with profanity, slurs

(Newser) - If you've ever tweeted something inflammatory at someone and later lamented, "Maybe I shouldn't have written that," Twitter is testing a feature it hopes might prevent that after-the-fact remorse. Per Bloomberg , the social media giant is conducting what it calls a "limited experiment" that issues... More »

'Cesspool of Hate' 8chan Is Basically Back

It's now 8kun, and activists are working to get it shut down again

(Newser) - The "cesspool of hate" online forum 8chan was shut down almost three months ago after three mass shooters including the El Paso suspect posted their plans there before carrying them out, but now it's back—basically. As CBS News reports, 8kun surfaced Saturday via Russia-based online service providers... More »

Waitress Picks 'Morals Over Money,' Gets Fired

Brittany Spencer overheard two customers making transphobic remarks

(Newser) - A server who got fired after refusing to wait on transphobic customers says she's OK with choosing "morals over money." It all began last Saturday when Brittany Spencer was working her shift at Fat Joe's Bar and Grill in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin—and a couple... More »

YouTube Bans Neo-Nazi Videos

As well as those touting white supremacism or denying certain historical events

(Newser) - YouTube is updating its hate speech policies to prohibit videos with white supremacist and neo-Nazi content, the AP reports. The video streaming company says it has already made it more difficult to find such videos, but it's now removing them outright. YouTube will also prohibit videos that deny certain... More »

Wasserman Schultz: Count Me Out of Women’s March

She's not happy with leadership's refusal to 'repudiate anti-Semitism,' hate speech

(Newser) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz's first experience with the Women's March left her feeling "electrified." Now, two years later, she's ditching the group, specifically its leaders. The former DNC chair explains why in an opinion piece for USA Today , saying she's become increasingly concerned about what... More »

Netanyahu's Son Earns 24-Hour FB Ban Over 'Hate Speech'

Yair Netanyahu wants all Muslims to leave Israel, called Palestinians 'monsters in human form'

(Newser) - The oldest son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to take a bit of a break from Facebook over the weekend for a series of posts the social media platform said "included hate speech." The New York Times details some of what brought on the 24-hour... More »

Alex Jones Called for 'Battle Rifles.' Twitter Called for a Suspension

For 7 days, Alex can't tweet, retweet, or like other posts on Twitter—a 'mild sanctioning' to some

(Newser) - The Twitter-Alex Jones saga continues. "We'll enforce [our rules]" if Jones breaks them, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised last week amid backlash on why the conspiracy theorist accused of hate speech is still afforded a platform on Dorsey's site, and it appears Twitter has followed through. The... More »

Apple Just Made Big Move Against Alex Jones

iTunes removes much of Infowars content

(Newser) - Alex Jones now has a lot more to vent about on his controversial Infowars network, but it will be harder for his fans to hear it. Apple removed five of six Infowars podcasts from iTunes, including the popular Alex Jones Show, reports BuzzFeed News . After the Apple decision, Facebook pulled... More »

Declaration of Independence Flagged as Hate Speech

Site apologizes over algorithm issue

(Newser) - The Declaration of Independence contains hate speech, according to Facebook's algorithms. Though the social media site eventually allowed the famed historical document to be shared in full, Texas' Liberty County Vindicator ran into trouble while posting fragments of the text on its Facebook page ahead of Independence Day. Facebook'... More »

Facebook's Move Against Hate Speech, With 500 New Helpers

A new law would fine social networking sites for failing to remove content

(Newser) - Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech, the AP reports. The company says the staff will work for a service provider called CCC at a new office in the... More »

Violent Protests Shut Down Milo Berkeley Talk

Yiannopoulos accuses left of being scared of free speech

(Newser) - A talk by far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California-Berkeley had to be called off Wednesday night as protesters smashed windows, ignited fireworks, and chucked bricks and Molotov cocktails. The university blamed the violence on 150 "masked agitators" it accused of disrupting otherwise peaceful protests against the... More »

Speech Began With 'What a Traitorous B----!' An Ovation Followed

Sandra Jansen rallies colleagues against harassment

(Newser) - It's not often that a room full of bickering lawmakers rises together in a standing ovation, but then it's not often one begins a political speech with "What a traitorous b----!" That's exactly what a Canadian lawmaker did in the Alberta legislature on Tuesday. Sandra... More »

Mark Zuckerberg May Face Hate Speech Charges in Germany

'I think Facebook has changed German society—not for the good'

(Newser) - A pair of German lawyers are hoping to squeeze a $163 million fine out of Mark Zuckerberg by claiming Facebook allows users to post anti-Semitic messages and other hate speech, Vice reports. "I think Facebook has changed German society—not for the good," attorney Chan-jo Jun says. It'... More »

Woman Donating $1 for Every Hateful Tweet

UNICEF will profit from Susan Carland's online trolls

(Newser) - "Good and evil are not equal. Repel evil with what is better." That's the line from the Koran that Dr. Susan Carland says came to mind as she sat one day mulling the best way to deal with online trolls attacking her because she's Muslim. She... More »

Facebook to Crack Down on Hate Speech

Admits previous moderation has failed

(Newser) - Facebook came under fire last week—or more fire than usual—after feminist groups demanded the site take action against pages promoting violence against women, prompting Nissan and other companies to pull their ads from the site until the issue was addressed. Response has been swift: The social media service... More »

ESPN Yanks Anti-Jewish Fantasy Football Names

Site pulls leagues with anti-Semitic names

(Newser) - ESPN is cracking down on anti-Semitism. Of late, a gaggle of bigoted fantasy football enthusiasts have been creating league names like "Jews are Immoral" and "Jews are terrible". In response, ESPN expelled from the online community all such anti-Semitic designations, USA Today reports. More »

Bono Slammed for 'Shoot the Boer' Song Stand

Controversial lyrics part of political protest, says singer

(Newser) - Bono is in hot water in South Africa after he appeared to support a song whose lyrics include the line "shoot the Boer." In an interview, the U2 frontman indicated such music is part of political protest and compared it to songs linked to the Irish Republican Army,... More »

Saxby Chambliss Fires Staffer for Anti-Gay Post

Senator apologizes for comment posted from his office

(Newser) - Sen. Saxby Chambliss issued a formal apology yesterday for the anti-gay comments posted to a website by a member of his staff ... who savvily did so while at work in the senator's office. "I am sorry for the hurt this incident has caused," Chambliss said in a written... More »

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