The NAACP released the following statement regarding Facebook’s announcement regarding their new policies to combat disinformation and hate speech:
“The NAACP is concerned with Facebook’s recent tone-deaf response to the growing outcry over its platform’s inaction against hate. While Facebook claims to support ‘free speech,’ in actuality, they are allowing hate speech to run rampant.
Today, Facebook stated they would apply their hate policy to ads as if it was new ideation, while not addressing hate more broadly in groups and posts. Voter misinformation may be harder to spread the day of the election (but still will run rampant the rest of the time). And posts that call for violence will still be allowed if they come from someone ‘newsworthy,’ but will now be labeled. None of this will be vetted or verified – or make a dent in the problem on the largest social media platform.
We have been down this road before with Facebook. They have made apologies in the past. They have taken meager steps after each catastrophe where their platform played a part. But this has to end now.”