Where do you stand on Facebook’s new “Hate Speech” policy?

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It’s been a tough few weeks for Facebook as they fend off charges of being insensitive to posted content containing or implying gender-based violence. In an effort to quell the negative press, Facebook has instituted new guidelines as to what constitutes “hate speech” on the site and how it will be handled. This change in policy has been applauded by some, while being labeled as censorship by others. What are your thoughts on Facebook’s new standards? Do you believe it is a necessary step in maintaining a civil site, or is it unwarranted censorship?

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Facebook is a business that's entitled to its own policies. I'm of the belief that if you don't like Facebook's (or any company's) policies, then don't use it - perhaps even start your own competing business that can address things better. The power of choice is a wonderful thing. Rather than "choose", however, many people would rather complain - it's easier.
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  • Chris Leonard
    I'm of a different viewpoint here. As a public company, one with stockholders to keep happy, FB doesn't live in a vacuum. Their monetary value is generated by their user base who have been given a platform to voice their opinions. And the users of FB, no matter how large the group, can voice their opinions to FBs advertisers. This is the politics of business and the real world climate. This is not a new approach, but it is one that has been found to work against other media types.  Do you ignore something improper being done by a business (any business at that) or do you work to make it change if possible?
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  • TomLiotta
    There is some value in allowing hate-speech and other forms of mental pressure. If every instance is suppressed, it gives a false impression that it has been conquered and the whole situation is solved. The individuals behind it go under cover and continue in more secrecy. It leaves the general social consciousness. Societies begin to claim erroneously that "that kind of thing doesn't happen in OUR neighborhood". . Human nature doesn't change through policies. It only gets pushed out of sight. Without public review, it no longer has public restraint. . The part that I like the most is where the policy requires identification for open accountability. That is what makes us all aware of which individuals need watching or need to be avoided. . Tom
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