Facebook Protecting Terrorism Inciter Tommy Robinson's Page


A Facebook page for Tommy Robinson has been given 'special' protection so moderators CAN'T remove graphic or abusive material, an investigation reveals.

The page, for and about Steven Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, a man described by the Head of UK Counter-Terrorism as 'an inciter of terrorism' often contains really vile stuff, constantly breaking Facebook's Terms and Conditions, including inciting hatred and violence - but Facebook moderators have been instructed not to remove anything even when it violates the company's guidelines.
These revelations about Facebook's content moderation are alarming, but not surprising
 ... said Julian Knight, a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. He continued :
Facebook has recently committed to reducing fake news and improving privacy on its platform, which is welcome.

But they don't seem as committed to sacrificing profits made from extreme content, as is demonstrated by Channel 4's investigation.
The revelations come in an investigation by Channel 4's Dispatches in which a reporter worked at Cpl Resources, Facebook's largest centre for UK content moderation.

One moderator filmed in the programme said :
If you start censoring too much then people stop using the platform. It's all about money at the end of the day.
Steven Yaxley-Lennon
Inciter of Hatred,
Violence and Terrorism.
Protected by Facebook
In one training session filmed by Dispatches, the group is shown a cartoon of a woman drowning a young white girl in a bathtub, accompanied by the caption "when your daughter's first crush is a little negro boy”. The trainer says such images should be ignored by moderators and allowed to remain online.

In another session, the reporter and another moderator review a video which says "Muslim immigrants" should "f*** off back to (their) own country”.

The moderator said the video should be ignored because "they're still Muslims but they're immigrants, so that makes them less protected”.

The investigation also found that extremist pages which had a lot of followers would be treated with special consideration, in the same manner as pages for governments and large news organisations.

The Facebook page for jailed far-right leader Tommy Robinson is given such protection, meaning frontline moderators cannot directly remove material which may violate policies.

One moderator described the fascist Britain First page, before it was eventually deleted :
Obviously they have a lot of followers so they're generating a lot of revenue for Facebook.
A Government spokeswoman said :
While some online platforms have taken important steps to improve safety, we have long-held concerns about their effectiveness in enforcing their own terms and conditions and ensuring UK citizens are not exposed to harmful content.

That's why we are working with tech companies, children's charities and other stakeholders to develop laws that tackle the full range of online harms, set clear responsibilities for platforms and make sure there is improved support for users online.
Inside Facebook: Secrets Of The Social Network will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 9pm on Tuesday July 17.

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