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Boycott of Facebook led to a change

Last year’s boycott of Facebook led to a change in its policy regarding misinformation and hate speech.

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Last year’s boycott of Facebook led to a change in its policy regarding misinformation and hate speech.

The hype against the Facebook policies created waves on social media however, the change was of limited one. The report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) one of multiple civil rights groups involved in launching the #StopHateForProfit campaign last June—analyzed the success of the boycott in realizing its goals a year later. 

Facebook did make two “significant” changes responding to boycott demands: hiring civil rights leaders to evaluate discrimination and bias, and cracking down on extremism in both public and private groups. The platform has tried to remove accounts creating hate speech against any specific community or country.

The most highly-rated social media platform of all was Reddit, which the ADL lauded for moving “swiftly” to deplatform former President Donald Trump when he spread election fraud lies and combat anti-Semitism in the popular r/Wallstreetbets subreddit. 

Donald Trump’s social media accounts have not been retained by Facebook as of yet. And the company has no such plans of doing so any further. The changes in the Facebook policies have not yielded many results.

As per the CEO of the company, “Our goal is to spot hate speech, misinformation, and other forms of policy-violating content quickly and accurately, for every form of content, and every language and community around the world.”

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