New York, NY, April 24, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today reacted to the announcement that Facebook has released a fuller version of their Community Standards in an effort to provide more transparency around its policies for users.
ADL issued the following statement:
We appreciate Facebook taking this step to increase transparency around their internal policies. By pulling back the curtain and detailing a version of their community standards, Facebook is adding to public knowledge about how the platform functions. It is a good first step – and yet, people have a right to know more.
It is imperative for Facebook to explain how hate content spreads on the platform, and how their policies are enforced in ways consistent with both internal standards and with the ethical standards of civil society. We hope Facebook will work with independent organizations and academic researchers to open up Facebook’s data around hate speech for study. Independent research, such as the recently announced work with the Social Science Research Council on Election Interference, would give the public a much needed broader understanding of the full extent of hate on Facebook. Research also could be used to gauge how successful the platform is at managing hateful content, and what innovative, proactive solutions might be implemented to make Facebook a truly safe and inclusive space for all.
Facebook is no longer just a social platform. In some countries, it is the only available access to the Internet. The problems of hate, bias and bigotry that exist on Facebook impact the whole of global society. Facebook has a responsibility to do everything they can to address hate on their platform in the most comprehensive way possible to ensure the safety and security of all their users. The positive steps announced today should be just the beginning.