Facebook to Crack Down on "Gender-Based" Hate Speech

Following lobbying by feminist groups


Facebook has said it will review how it deals with "controversial, harmful and hateful" content after admitting current measures are not effective.

The admission follows sustained pressure from campaign groups, advertisers and the media.

An open letter from several feminist groups urged Facebook to ban pages that they said promoted violence…

The groups called on Facebook to take three specific actions. They were to:

  • "Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech and make a commitment that you will not tolerate this content.
  • "Effectively train moderators to recognize and remove gender-based hate speech.
  • "Effectively train moderators to understand how online harassment differently affects women and men, in part due to the real-world pandemic of violence against women."