Facebook asks users if posts contain hate speech

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As part of a broad effort to make Facebook more inclusive as a platform, the social networking giant on Tuesday began rolling out a new option which allows users to report hate speech on individual posts.

The only issue: some users reported seeing the feature on every single piece of user-generated content in their feeds, including advertisements.

Despite not being a permanent feature just yet, this brief trial run of the hate speech button does raise some concerning questions for Facebook users.

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Facebook appears to have applied this policy to everyone's posts, an equal opportunity "hate speech" identifying project.

As of this morning, it would appear that they do not have definitive answers to these essential questions.

Recently, Facebook has faced criticism from conservatives for censoring speech, manipulating user news feeds, and suppressing certain stories as "spam".

And for the Family Research Council.

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The spokesperson said the company was conducting an "internal test" in an attempt to understand "different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate".

Even posts not sharing articles had the "hate speech" identification option. Regardless of what the initiative will ultimately look like, its accidental launch shows that Facebook is trying to do more to stop hate speech.

Facebook said it was "an internal test" and that a bug caused it to accidentally launch publicly.

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