Facebook says ‘men are trash’ is hate speech, here’s why


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In a recent public Q&A, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the issue of Facebook tagging the phrase ‘men are trash’ as hate speech.

Categorized as the highest tier of hate speech on Facebook, ‘men are trash‘ went viral in 2017 along with the #MeToo movement and has since been women’s warcry about their experiences at the hands of patriarchy.

As Per Zuck:

Facebook sees gender as a ‘protected category’ along with race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and disability – meaning people can’t discriminate others on Facebook based on those traits.

So substitute in your mind while you’re thinking through this, what if this were “Muslims are trash,” right? You would not want that on the service.’, he said.

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He goes on to say that Facebook prefers not to rate a certain’s groups oppression, as context and culture behind it can vary from country to country.

We’ve made the policy decision that we don’t think that we should be in the business of assessing which group has been disadvantaged or oppressed.’

Zuckerberg himself admits that enforcing hate speech policies equally regardless of context isn’t perfect, furthering that ‘you’re not gonna get any answer that everyone is going to agree with.’

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When you have 100 hundred billion pieces of content through our systems every day, and tens of thousands of people around the world executing this in more than 150 different languages, this is challenging stuff – but that’s how we got to where we are.’ he shared.