While wading through hours of video shot in portrait this morning in rabble Towers we came across a new race hate site, Preserve Europe. Using this real example we ask is Facebook’s own policy against hate speech being ignored by their professional moderators?
[Update 19 Nov. 2014: Page referred to in this article is no longer available]
While a great deal of their posts appear to be based around central Europe there are some critical of immigration or integration in Ireland. These include a personal attack on Edmond Lukusa of Sinn Féin.
Facebook page managers will know that monitoring comments on a busy site is next to impossible so Facebook has a simple reporting policy that any user can avail of. With 4 clicks they can report offending pages, posts, users or comments.
These reports are then reviewed by Facebook staff who should apply Facebook’s own guidelines:
“Content that attacks people based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease is not allowed. We do, however, allow clear attempts at humor or satire that might otherwise be considered a possible threat or attack. This includes content that many people may find to be in bad taste (ex: jokes, stand-up comedy, popular song lyrics, etc.).”
So we followed the procedure.
Within hours we received this notification:
Below we feature some of the images posted by the site’s administrators in the last few days – we’ve cropped out the comments from followers of the page which are often highly racist “White Power” in essence .
We’ll let you make up your minds and feel free to visit the page and report offending images yourselves.