According to a report released this week by the Tech Transparency Project, dozens of hate organizations are still operating freely on Facebook despite the platform’s rules. To make matters worse, Facebook is actually autogenerating pages for these groups, inadvertently helping them spread their message and recruit new members.
The report says that 113 white supremacist organizations have a presence on Facebook. These organizations are associated with a total of 153 Facebook pages — many of which were autogenerated by Facebook itself after users listed white supremacist organizations as their employer. And one of Facebook’s most prominent tools for combatting hate, redirecting users to an organization promoting tolerance, worked in only six percent of searches.
“After nearly a year of promises to curb the organizing of militia groups on the platform — a threat that culminated in the attack on the Capitol January 6 — Facebook has shown that they are not capable of handling the dangers posed by their platform despite their claims to Congress and the public,” TTP director Katie Paul told BuzzFeed News.
For its part, Facebook said it would look into the report’s findings, then touted its track record of removing bad actors. However, it’s clear the site has a lot more work to do before it can brag about that.
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