A bombshell investigation by ProPublica published Wednesday sheds light on how Facebook trains its thousands of content moderators to police hate speech, including a leaked training slide that suggests they "protect" "white men" but not "black children."
The report, which includes internal training documents used by Facebook moderators, details how the social network's policies on hate speech "tend to favor elites and governments over grassroots activists and racial minorities."
Here are the highlights:
Facebook trains its thousands of content moderators to delete hate speech directed at so-called protected categories of people, including race, sex, gender, and religious affiliation. Hate speech against "subsets" of protected categories, such as "radicalized Muslims," is considered less subject to censorship.