Facebook Steps Up Monitoring of Anti-Gay Hate Speech

GLAAD reports that it has been working with Facebook following anti-gay remarks left on a memorial page for those who have taken their lives to due to bullying, and says that the social network is increasing its enforcement of violations to its terms and conditions dealing with hate speech.

Wearpurple Said Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes. to GLAAD: "Educating people about the lasting and damaging impacts of ignorant and hateful comments is a responsibility shared by parents, educators, organizations like GLAAD, and services like Facebook. We take our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities very seriously and react quickly to reports of inappropriate content and behavior. The goal of these policies is to strike a very delicate balance between giving people the freedom to express their opinions and viewpoints–even those that may be controversial to some–and maintaining a safe and trusted environment. We have policies that prohibit hateful content and we have built a robust reporting infrastructure and an expansive team to review reports and remove content quickly. In addition to responding to reports, we have automated systems that use a number of factors to flag content that might violate our policies, so we can review and take it down as quickly as possible and before it’s reported.”