Facebook has written to Congress after the latter had raised the issue of hate speech content in a letter last month. Facebook stated that it had removed 22.5 million pieces of hate speech content from April-June in 2020 which is up from 1.6 million pieces of hate speech content removed in the last quarter of 2017.
“We’ve published Transparency Reports to be open and proactive in explaining how we action harmful content on our platforms. The latest Transparency Report includes Community Standards enforcement data on how we take action against violating content across our platforms,” Facebook said in a letter addressed to Congress.
“We removed 22.5 million pieces of hate speech content from April-June in 2020, up from 1.6 million pieces of hate speech content removed in the last quarter of 2017. We know there is much more to do and will continue to invest our efforts to combat hate speech on our services,” it added while addressing the concerns expressed by the party.It further stated: “In the last interaction with you and other esteemed members of your party, we described our Community Standards–our policies on what is and isn’t allowed on Facebook–and shared the steps we have taken on our platforms in the wake of COVID-19.”