Facebook said it was "an internal test" and that a bug caused it to accidentally launch publicly. The Times spoke with advocacy groups who flag alarming content to Facebook, but they say not much is being done. At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, people started to notice a new question on Facebook.
After a user selected "Yes" to "Does this post contain hate speech?" they were shown three buttons labeled "Test P 1", "Test P 2", and "Test P 3". Business Insider observed the glitch on one of our accounts.
"This was an internal test we were working on to understand different types of speech, including speech we thought would not be hate", a company representative said. Each post also gives the option to dismiss the question with a tiny "x" box to the right of the answers.
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Several of the posts with the addendum included content that appeared to be completely innocuous, leaving many to wonder if the hate speech-reporting mechanism would be embedded extensively, even for nearly all posts, or if it was imperfect due to it perhaps not being fully ready. Last week, it published its previously secret guidelines for censors for the first time.
Not to fall too deep in the soup, but when Mark Zuckerberg was quizzed by Congress, the subject of Myanmar and Facebook's role in being a place where hate speech was able to be broadcast over the internet, Zuckerberg agreed that changes needed to be made.
After the "hate speech" identification options disappeared, a Facebook spokesperson explained the situation to PJ Media.